With intense growth and increased pressure on facilities, the district faced the challenge of delivering a new elementary campus for developmental kindergarteners through fourth grade. During the design process, the architect sought participation from the staff, administration and the community. The resulting goals of the project included designing a small-school CAPACITY975COST PER SQ FT$140.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio for 1,000 students; designing efficient and effective spaces; providing high-quality, durable materials; and master planning the site for multiple buildings.
To meet the objectives, the team created a building designed as two small, separate elementary schools under one roof. To provide economy, the buildings share the cafeteria, food service, gymnasiums, resource rooms and student-services spaces.
The 80-acre site was planned to accommodate up to four buildings. Site amenities include playgrounds for each building and for kindergarten, play fields, a centralized bus dropoff, wetlands enhancement and connection to the residential neighborhoods to the north.
The exterior features timeless brick and sloped floors. The building envelope is designed with a high thermal resistance. Interior spaces are clad with concrete block, porcelain tile and other durable materials. A heat-pump mechanical system and geothermal well field provide cost-effective energy usage.