Opting to consolidate two elementary facilities, the district chose to maintain the site of its Buffalo Elementary School. It also houses the district’s historical one-room schoolhouse—the Kelly School.
The architect’s design challenge was integrating the 1959/1962 wings of the existing building into a state-of-the-art facility while demolishing CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio 1938/1954 portions.
To preserve the tradition of the school in the community, some original building elements were incorporated into the new design. The original stone veneer enhances the building entrances. An American bison graphic is in the lobby flooring under the rotunda skylight.
To accommodate the educational philosophy of the district, the design clusters classrooms by grade level around resource centers intended to expand traditional classroom settings by providing assembly space for large or small groups.
-State-of-the-art security, technology and communication systems.
-Energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems.
-Sustainable site design; separate bus/parent dropoff/pickup.
-Stormwater management, outdoor educational spaces and playground areas.
Enhanced by architectural columns, and accent colors and patterns in finish materials, the design provides an impressive and appealing learning environment for students, staff and the community.