For Riley Elementary School


Geary County USD 475

Over the past decade, Schaefer Architecture has worked with Geary County School District to improve the district’s facilities, located both in the community of Junction City and on the nearby military installation, Fort Riley. Projects include the new Junction City Middle School, which was completed after a successful bond issue in 2005. A few years later, the former middle school (now Freshman Success Academy) was expanded and renovated to accommodate the district’s freshman class and ease overcrowding at the high school. A new Central Kitchen, with capabilities to prepare 6,000 meals daily, was built as an addition to the existing maintenance facility.

Ware Elementary School
Fort Riley Elementary School

Following these projects, the District retained Schaefer to develop a comprehensive master plan for all district facilities. The impetus of the study was the evaluation of the aging school buildings and the need for expanding or building new schools to accommodate the planned growth of returning troops and their families. After a presentation of the study to the army, it was determined that new and improved facilities were warranted at Fort Riley. The federal government partnered with the school district to provide much-needed funding. Three new replacement schools with expanded capacity were built at Fort Riley over a 5-year period. These include Seitz Elementary, (675 student capacity), Fort Riley Elementary (450 student capacity) and Fort Riley Middle School (800 student capacity). A new library, multipurpose room and student support space were added to Ware Elementary, also located on the installation. The investment in these schools totaled nearly $97 million.

Improvements to the remaining elementary schools and Junction City High School are on-going and include building additions and infrastructure upgrades. Roofing, mechanical equipment, electrical capacity, new lighting, fire alarms, intercoms and finishes have been updated or replaced.

Schaefer continues to work with the district to identify remaining needs and also assists with the development of a yearly budget for capital outlay funds.

Junction City High School
Junction City Middle School
“Throughout my tenure working alongside Schaefer, they have consistently demonstrated that their organization is of the highest caliber, a firm who can be counted upon to complete the task on time, on budget, and to a very high standard.”
— Bill Clark, Chief Operations and Officer of Business, Geary County Schools
Junction City Middle School
For Riley Middle School
Junction City High School
Grandview Elementary School
Junction City Middle School