The Temple Hill Elementary School project consisted of two phases. The first phase encompassed construction of the new school facility, which included classrooms, an administrative suite, media center, gymnasium and kitchen cafeteria. The facility was designed with load-bearing masonry walls, light-gauge metal trusses and a standing-seam metal roof. The building is CAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$101.52FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio and cooled with a ground-loop geothermal system, with air-handling units on a precast concrete platform above the main corridors.
The new school was designed so the existing school could remain in operation until completion of the new facility. The first phase was completed in August 2003, at which time phase two began. The second phase consisted of demolishing the existing school building and completing the sitework, including new parking areas and sidewalks. Phase two was completed in December 2003.
The geothermal heating and cooling system, and metal roof help create a low-maintenance, energy-efficient building. The intent of the building design is to provide a comfortable and visually exciting environment for learning.