The spacious lobby and common areas enhance this 700-student K-5 Elementary School on 11 acres within the new Hillcrest neighborhood. Two copper-roofed cupolas emit natural light into the lobby and library/media center. The green steel columns supporting each cupola look like groves of trees. Two-story glass interior walls and high ceilings add to the bright, COST PER SQ FT$109.26FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas feeling.
Lightweight steel trusses on CMU walls form the classroom wings. Long-span steel joists create a high bay area over the gym and cafetorium separated by a raised stage, which can be a classroom, an assembly stage facing the gym, or a “dinner theater” stage for the cafetorium. A tiered ceiling in the cafetorium provides sound control and conceals stage lighting.
The school’s rainbow becomes a playful, but effective wayfinding system as each color spills off the wall onto the floor where it leads down the corridor to classroom destinations of corresponding accent colors. The concrete mezzanine floor over each corridor supports equipment while turning each interior corridor into a tornado shelter.