Fulton Elementary School in Springfield, Ohio, is a K-5 building that was designed under the Ohio School Facilities Commission program guidelines. This school is the first of 10 new elementary schools that the firm designed to replace 14 existing elementary buildings.
The school’s academic core, including the media center, and art, music and science classrooms, is CAPACITY521COST PER SQ FT$112.33FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio around a learning courtyard that can be used as an outdoor classroom, and also can provide natural light to interior classrooms. With the district’s emphasis on community use of its facilities, this school is designed to separate the academic core from spaces shared by the public, such as the gymnasium and cafetorium. The building is designed with a separate entrance for the community to access the shared spaces when the classroom wing is closed.
Another feature of the design is the abundant use of natural light throughout the building to enhance the educational environment. This is accomplished by incorporating skylights and clerestory windows.