Oaktree Elementary School

Goodrich, Michigan

The school board emphasized creating a building that required minimum maintenance while providing an environment that was flexible and diverse. The board insisted that the new building have a pitched roof because of a history of flat roof problems. Another concern was that the large scale of an elementary facility with 600 students might seem overwhelming to children ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$100.61FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas a small, rural community.

The design theme was the creation of a main public circulation spine with six classroom clusters attached to it. Each cluster has its own pitched roof, thus reducing the scale of the building into smaller houses. The public spine provides access to the office, media center, art and music areas, gymnasium and cafeteria.

The classroom clusters provide access to shared-learning opportunities between classrooms, such as computers, team building areas, special projects and special-needs services.

Technology plays an integral part in the building design. The media center, computer lab and distance-learning lab are clustered for shared teaching opportunities. The beams in the main corridor are open cable ways for easy access and change in computer/video cabling.

Photographer: ©Dick Clapp