The new Sharonville Elementary School successfully intertwines into the surrounding residential community from its highly visible location. The building mass and west facade is centered on the site and has community walkways to and through the site, creating a welcoming environment reminiscent of the former school.
The two-story main entry tower is reflective of CO FIRMFanning Howey COST PER SQ FT$157.25FEATURED IN2007 Educational Interiors2007 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas former building’s architectural style and incorporates the preserved terra-cotta eagle and medallion. Within, the school’s functional layout and use of technology in the classrooms embrace a contemporary design.
Grade levels are housed in independent learning communities and are paired around smaller rooms used for small-group instruction. The gymnasium and cafetorium are separated by a movable wall and can open to create a larger and more flexible assembly space. This organizational layout separates academic areas from the larger and louder spaces and minimizes classroom distractions. It also enables the school to secure the academic portion of the building.
The design is a direct response to the engaging planning process with site-specific stakeholder teams and school administration.