Designed on a small site, the new school provides educational opportunities for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The new building is structured for flexibility and targets interactive learning as its primary goal. Three kindergarten classrooms of 1,200 square feet are clustered in a wing that offers privacy from the advanced grade-level classrooms, yet are CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$105.50FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio to the gymnasium, cafeteria, music and art classrooms. Fifteen 800-square-foot classrooms, designed to accommodate grades 1 to 5, are near the media resource center and the computer lab. Educational support areas such as independent reading classrooms, a speech classroom and classrooms for students with special needs, are dispersed throughout the building. The new school has about 118 square feet per student.
In addition to maximizing classroom flexibility, Oakville Elementary was designed with community use in mind. After-hours use of the gymnasium, cafeteria and music classroom is accommodated easily without requiring full building access. Visual control of the building is maintained by a strategically placed central office and carefully planned points of building access.