Growth created a need for additional learning space, but the district was “property poor” and had no available funds. The community wanted to save the old high school building, so a planning committee including citizens, the district and architect worked to convert it into a new primary school.
The entire school would not support the new primary program, but certain CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$73.43FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio could. Planners saved the gym, dining area and one classroom wing, and added new space to complete the school—even adding space to relocated districtwide administration and IT to share the building, saving costs.
Playful colors and materials in the gym and cafeteria made them friendly for young students, and age-appropriate spaces were transformed from old high school classrooms.
The district saved $2 million using this plan.