London Elementary School (London, Ky.)

London, Kentucky

The original London Elementary School was on a 12.6-acre campus and consisted of four separate buildings, including a 1930s-era WPA gymnasium.

The design team was given the opportunity to preserve this historic facility, create a new community centerpiece, and design a state-of-the-art elementary school that incorporates sustainable features and unique ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$164.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio elements.

The design consolidated the school into one building anchored by the 1930s WPA gymnasium. The new school features a restored gymnasium and a new two-story addition with a brick and stone veneer exterior that complements the existing design, thereby creating a new, distinctive community centerpiece.

Within the school, WPA design elements continue to be featured. At the main entry, a two-story open balcony overlooks the first floor, and an illuminated, translucent ceiling provides the lobby with a sense of openness and warmth. Throughout the hallways, street lighting with banner arms, intricate floor patterns and borders create a streetscape atmosphere. Exposed steel structures with a decorative, suspended wood ceiling and open clerestory provide light and warmth to the media center. Exposed-wood trusses highlight the restoration of the existing gymnasium.

Smart boards and wireless networking throughout the school create a state-of-the-art learning environment in instructional program spaces.