The new Hamilton Heights Primary School is situated next to the existing K-5 elementary school and represents the next phase of a desired campus plan. Sloped shingle roofs were used to blend with the existing elementary school and surrounding residential community. The new brick and limestone facility houses 750 students in grades K to 2. Kindergarten students will CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$119.33FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio a full-day program. In August 2002, the existing K-5 elementary building was reconfigured to house grades 3 to 5.
In the new facility, each grade-level neighborhood is organized around open learning labs. The compact plan affords minimal travel distance to shared-use areas. The media center, in the heart of the building, opens onto an outdoor classroom/courtyard. A large-group instruction room/stage is situated strategically between the cafeteria and gymnasium, and allows flexibility for large performances or smaller presentations.
The corporation requested that the design team provide two art and two music classrooms. This allows kindergarten students the opportunity to participate in a fine-arts program and increase their academic experiences.