In designing a replacement for two aging, crowded elementary schools, the town of Kennebunk sought to build a consolidated facility that would provide students and educators with modern educational tools and classrooms. It was important that the new 600-student school maintain a small-school feel for students in kindergarten through third grade.
The school is divided COST PER SQ FT$118.50FEATURED IN2005 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas three 200-student villages to create schools-within-a-school. These multi-grade villages are situated around a student lobby. By placing the wings in an orthogonal arrangement, the classrooms take full advantage of views into the wooded landscape.
In the center of each village, the corridors are enlarged, and common facilities are grouped together. These include student and staff toilets, meeting rooms, computer labs and special program spaces.
The entrance lobby is arranged to provide access to public spaces that can be left open after school hours. These include the gymnasium and performance stage, the cafeteria and the library/media center.
A light-filled corridor connects the public and student lobbies, and creates a clear and easy way for students to find their way.