Cedar Heights Elementary is a K-6 building for 550 students. The single-story facility was built on a limited site; a two-story building, two additions and a separate annex remained in use while the new building was constructed. The new facility surrounds an existing multipurpose/gym and media center addition that was remodeled into a larger media center, computer lab CAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$106.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio music room, forming the hub and focus of the design.
Precise scheduling was maintained while constructing a classroom wing, relocating occupants, demolishing the existing structure, and repeating the process for the balance of the building. The installation of 252 geothermal wells for heating and cooling was coordinated with the phased construction.
The wings divide students by grade level, providing shared resource space for each level. The wings can be secured after-hours to allow community use of the multipurpose space/gym and dividable cafeteria that also can be converted to a performance space.
The single-story exterior design and the use of brick walls and a shingled roof is in keeping with the residential nature of the neighborhood.