Lynn Road Elementary School

Raleigh, North Carolina

The original building, constructed in the mid-1970s, required extensive interior renovation to meet the current program standard, which increased enrollment from 481 to 655 students. In that effort, focus upon increasing existing teaching-area efficiency enabled an increase in the number of designated spaces from 31 to 40.

A new administrative wing links a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY685COST PER SQ FT$198.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation detached gymnasium to the main building, and serves as the point of entry for students arriving by car and for the public. The exterior entrance intentionally was designed to be perceived as the new “front door” to this facility.

Other improvements to this campus include adding a car-queuing loop to eliminate potential for traffic congestion along Lynn Road, replacing most single-fixture toilet rooms within classrooms with corridor-accessed group facilities; and replacing major building systems, as well as food-preparation equipment.

By installing sprinklers throughout the facility, the school avoided a potential tree-eliminating fire apparatus encirclement road. Thus, the essential character of the existing landscape was maintained, much to the delight of staff and neighbors.