Great learning environments optimize flexibility through creative use of reconfigurable space, furniture, outdoor areas and technology to accommodate students, staff and the community now and in the future. J. Lyndal Hughes Elementary School is designed to house 650 students in grades K to 5. One of the school’s standout features is the garage door-like overhead panels COST PER SQ FT$119.50FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms separate classroom spaces from the flex spaces that connect two classrooms. The flex spaces also facilitate science/art wet task instruction. When the doors are pulled down, frosted windows minimize distractions between spaces.
Another unique feature is the innovative cafeteria space that opens up to become a performance stage so that the room can double as an auditorium. Designers used curtain and folding panel partitions to convert the dining room into varying sizes of stage arrangements. The stage opens up to and steps down to the gymnasium, which acts like the house of an auditorium.
Natural light is predominant throughout the school—in the corridors, classrooms, offices and assembly/public spaces—offering an open, welcoming and secure environment as a neighborhood school and community multipurpose facility.