Once plagued by mold and mildew problems, roof leaks and aging equipment, the revitalized Greenacres Elementary School has been transformed into a colorful, state-of-the-art facility.
This project faced numerous challenges that needed to be overcome by not only the design team, but also the school corporation. The first challenge was gaining community support for a COST PER SQ FT$99.06FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation that was, by all measures, a difficult and potentially disruptive effort to the students and staff.
In order to build consensus among faculty, students, parents, community leaders and administration, the architect conducted an extensive charrette process to design the new school. Previous remonstrances had delayed or cancelled projects in the past; thus the charrette was organized to integrate the community’s input into the project development. The design charrette required that participants be divided randomly into four teams. Within a 75-minute timeframe, each team constructed a model of the new school using colored blocks made to scale. The teams worked with the architect to ensure that their unique thoughts on the needs of the school, students and teachers were incorporated into the final design. The process fostered widespread community and faculty support, allowing greater ease and efficiency through the design and construction phases.
The limited area available to accommodate the expansion, renovation and construction staging also offered extensive challenges. The project culminated in 2004, and no school days were missed. Through the efforts of all parties, this project was completed with minimal disruptions to educational activities.
Greenacres Elementary includes 24 classrooms, a media center, two computer labs, a resource room, two special-education rooms, an art room, science lab, speech and hearing lab, outdoor learning lab, gymnasium, cafeteria and administrative offices.