Mary Mae Jones Elementary School

Bentonville, Arkansas

The architects worked together to create Bentonville School District’s new 600-student benchmark facility, Mary Mae Jones Elementary School. An interactive design workshop produced a concept that placed particular emphasis on creating a warm, kid-friendly environment that would motivate students and support the functional demands of the faculty.

Unique ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$102.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio features:

-Adaptable and generously sized classrooms to accommodate varied learning modalities.

-Central courtyard between academic wings allows daylighting to all classrooms and can be viewed from lobby.

-Accessible restrooms within preschool to third-grade classrooms to reduce interruptions.

-Dedicated teaching environments for special education.

-Ease of traffic flow and wayfinding.

-After-hours secure zones for community use of cafeteria, gym and media center.

-Quieter classrooms provided by two-story academic wings and buffered classrooms.

-Efficient layout for staff, including clear sightlines and direct access from classrooms to common spaces.

-Safe and secure environment for students and staff, including controlled visitor access and separated dropoff areas.