This new K-8 facility represents the first building project for the Johnson City School District in more than 40 years. It consolidates three urban schools at a suburban site. The new site respondsto the shifting demographics of the district. The building has three distinct school neighborhoods; K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.
A moderately sloped site presented the opportunity to CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$121.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress the ground floor an entire story. This allowed the front two wings to be distinct areas within the building. Traffic in these areas will be heavy in the morning and afternoon, but for the remainder of the day these wings will be off the “beaten path.” This makes the south wing protective of kindergarten students, while the mirrored north wing gives eighth graders a sense of seniority.
The first floor allows the first- and second-grade wing to be joined by support spaces on the south end of the building, which also is the case for sixth and seventh grade on the north side. These two neighborhoods lightly touch at the shared music areas and cafetorium, which exits at grade to a divided play area.
The second floor, a continuous wing of grades 3, 4 and 5, forms the third neighborhood. It has its own administrative area and connects into the shared music/cafetorium area of the K-2 and 6-8 neighborhoods.