Hassan Elementary School successfully incorporates the sustainable goals of a high-performance building with the aesthetic of a traditional schoolhouse. This prototype building provides a flexible solution that allows for a site-specific response.
The Elk River Area School District has made energy-efficient schools a priority. The philosophy evolved a few years ago CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$124.66FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio the district began examining the possibility of constructing sustainable school buildings—high-performance structures that would be more healthful and energy-efficient.
The main entry is an open civic court embraced by classroom wings and lighted by the eastern morning sun. Classrooms are grouped along east-west corridors to provide optimal daylight from both the north and south.
The media center, visible from both the student entry and commons, is the academic heart of the school. Its central location on the second floor is accessible to all grade levels via a grand staircase and elevator.
Designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) certification criteria, the building will use 50 percent less energy than that of a Minnesota code-based building, according to an analysis done by an independent energy consultant.