Briarwood Elementary School

Bowling Green, Kentucky

The school accommodates students from preschool to sixth grade in self-contained classrooms. The facility includes specialized space for art, music, media center, computer labs, gymnasium and extending learning, as well as outdoor classrooms.

Architectural features include separate primary and intermediate classrooms on either side of the central core of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$105.60FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio spaces. A great hall—a large lobby area that connects two classroom wings—provides access to all core/shared spaces for receptions, displays and fairs.

Twin lobbies, with canopied entrances, serve each classroom wing. These lobbies separate primary and intermediate students as they enter and create more space for dropoff/pickup.

Materials were selected for good maintenance and cost-effectiveness—metal roofs, water-source heat pumps, terrazzo floors, automated flush valves, adjustable lighting and a steel building frame.

The cafeteria has a vinyl sports floor, higher ceilings and basketball goals to serve as a second gymnasium. A single stage serves both the gymnasium and the cafeteria. Eight-foot-tall crayons in the lobbies and huge No. 2 pencils form a colonnade in the great hall and add to the excitement as students enter.

Each classroom wing has extended learning areas featuring built-in aquariums.