Washington Woods Elementary School supports a technologically rich, engaging primary educational environment for pre-K through fourth-grade students. The classroom wings were designed around computer pods to facilitate student pullout and assistance by parent volunteers.
The augmentative areas—music, art and the media center—are the hinges of the plan layout with the CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$115.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio offices serving as the front door. The cafeteria, gymnasium and multipurpose area serve as the social and gross motor zones, and are separated appropriately from the instructional areas. This separation enables secure after-hours use by the community.
With a generous 87-acre site, the design includes separate bus dropoff, car parking and pickup areas, and delivery drives so no child has to cross traffic.
The building is primarily a steel-frame construction with masonry veneer. The majority of the interior walls are metal studded with impact-resistant drywall to allow flexibility in wiring and reconfiguration to meet future educational needs.
Pervasive use of digital imaging and projection in the education and activity areas provides schoolwide information.