Phillips Fundamental Learning CenterLocation: Wichita, KS Owner: Phillips Fundamental Learning Center Architect: GLMV Architecture
Since 2001, the Phillips Fundamental Learning Center has been helping children with dyslexia to not only learn but thrive in school. Over their 20 years of existence, they occupied a lease space but never had a facility that met their needs or that they could call their own.
In 2016 they moved to a new leased space, and immediately began the process of fundraising for a new building. GLMV Architecture was hired to provide the design and Eby Construction was hired as the construction manager for the process. The design of the 37,800 SF, $18.2 million building was heavily inspired by the work of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright’s architecture was very instrumental to the building in that he too was dyslexic and pioneered some of the learning processes used by the school. The building is segmented in to 3 wings. One wing is for student learning, one for teacher training and one for administration. The site too will be incorporated into the learning program with outdoor learning nodes.
Eby crews dedicated 37,918 manhours to the construction of the building. The project has 2,619 CY of concrete and 312.7 tons of steel, and the spire at the top is 50 feet tall.
The Phillips Fundamental Learning Center celebrated its grand opening on October 5th, 2023 and school began on October 16th.