Warren G. Harding Elementary School

Hammond, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Fanning Howey


    School City of Hammond

  • AREA

    104,056 sq.ft.





A two-day design charrette with stakeholders determined that the media center should be the focal point of this new elementary school. In keeping with the district’s history, educational technology also was a high priority.

The media center is positioned immediately off the main entrance with a glass wall that enables visitors to see into the landscaped courtyard and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$150.60FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers on the opposite end. From the media center, students have direct access to outdoor learning spaces. Video cameras in a resident bluebird nest connect to monitors in the storytelling area, giving students a close-up view of nature.

A centrally situated workstation allows for supervision of each activity area. Two reading areas offer appropriately sized tables and chairs. The computer lab features ergonomic seating and enables the instructor to monitor all computer screens from a single location. A lowered bulkhead with task lighting and earth-toned finishes creates an intimate setting in the storytelling area, where built-in shelving doubles as bench seating. A skylight provides even, glare-free lighting, minimizing the need for artificial lighting.

“Overall, a good example of a well-executed design from initial design to completion. It integrated the existing site, making it workable with lots of daylight and glass. The space is very inviting.”--2009 jury