Edith Bowen Laboratory School at Utah State University provides services for 305 students enrolled in grades K to 5. Built in the 1950s, the original building had become inadequate technologically, seismically and spatially. The two-story replacement building was constructed in the limited open space on the site of the existing building in two phases. This enabled the CAPACITY360COST PER SQ FT$117.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio to continue operating throughout construction.
In addition to classrooms, the new building also contains separate art, science, music and orchestra rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, and the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education. The building is designed so the auditorium, gymnasium, dining room and Center for Early Childhood Education can be used by the university and the public while the remaining elementary school facilities are secure.
The new L-shaped building creates a large student entry courtyard and playground that is sheltered from the main activity of the university campus.