Beaver Creek Elementary School

Johnston, Iowa

Explosive growth in the Johnston Community School District required a large, new elementary school, but this building scales the project to child-size with six small learning communities. The hub of each community is a flexible, open-space resource center. Each community hinges around the media center, with nearly every classroom having exterior windows to take ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$64.94FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio of the unspoiled views.

All classrooms are networked for cable, Internet, and telephones, allowing direct connection between computers and television screens. The media center has a circle amphitheater, with spot lighting for large-group interaction. Louder, high-activity areas are set apart from the quieter learning areas. Folding panel walls divide the gymnasium into three areas that can be used for cafeteria, physical education, indoor recess and performance space. Interior traffic avoids bottlenecks with curved and angled corridor options. Outside, safety concerns are addressed by separating parent and bus traffic.

Air quality is controlled room by room. Mechanical and kitchen facilities are placed and sized so they can economically service a possible future addition.

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