The Eastside Elementary School project consolidated three aging elementary schools into a single facility.
A prominent entrance welcomes students into an open 1.5-story concourse flooded with natural light and serves as the starting point of the school’s simple circulation plan. A central display case filled with memorabilia from the three previous elementary ASSOCIATED FIRML.W. Clinton, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$136.71CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas links the nostalgia of the past with the anticipation of the future.
The concourse serves as both a destination and a path that leads deeper into the building. Along this path, a wall of glass connects visually to the media center. Designed as a modified “figure-eight” plan, the layout allows for easy observation during the day and separation from classroom areas for after-hours public events.
Basic geometric shapes such as circles, diamonds and triangles bestow a unique signature for the building, which is articulated in the architectural detailing and throughout the interior.
The design offers a memorable shape that imparts identity to students and encourages creation of a new community.
“Open and airy with nice daylighting, colors and detailing. The use of the main hall to emphasize character education is a plus.”--2006 jury