The site was both an asset and a challenge to the Grandview Elementary School project. Long in the east/west dimension, with both low wet ground and road access on the short east side, the site strongly influenced building form. The building focuses classrooms, playground and large cafeteria window wall east to the on-site wetlands habitat, and south to a public CAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$100.93FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio park.
Student entry and bus dropoff at the east end provides a weather buffer, while isolating and limiting bus traffic. The large interior courtyard ensures all student and administrative areas have abundant natural light and ventilation.
The main entry, facing northwest, accesses a north/south corridor dividing the building. Classrooms and administration to the east can be secured, allowing community access to the gym, cafeteria and fine-arts area on the west. Community areas and main corridors have hard surfaces including VCT, ceramic tile, painted block and brick. Classroom pods are carpeted and have vinyl wallcovering.
Technology consists of a media-retrieval system with separate computer classroom and workroom.
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