Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center, Media Room

Akron, Ohio

This 53,000-square-foot elementary school and dual-use community center includes 22 classrooms, a gymnasium, stage, cafeteria, and art, media and music rooms to accommodate 350 students. The new single-story structure replaces and emulates a Colonial Revival school circa 1929 and fits the scale of a current residential vernacular.

The building facade consists of a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media CentersSUB CATEGORYSpecialized brick veneer and white, double-hung windows. To reflect the style of the original school, round-top windows were used above each classroom, along with a gabled roof, arched main entrance and rounded, glass-block windows.

As students and visitors enter the school, the vibrant colors of the media room are visible through large glass windows. Maple bookshelves add to the warmth and inviting nature of the space, and a fun arch of colorful carpet insets directs the students into the media room.

The media room is designed to accommodate groups of students for

storytelling and research. The rear media wall provides a vivid backdrop for books and stuffed-toy characters on display. Stained maple furnishings enhance the room with warmth and a classic residential feel.