The design of Mountain Green Elementary School organizes classrooms into intimate student academies, or "small learning communities." Collaboration centers, situated within each of the learning communities, support project-based curriculum by accommodating multiple, flexible group activities. This enables teachers to take lessons outside the boundaries of the classroom CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$174.00CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio to have shared activities involving several classes, which promotes collaborative learning and helps students integrate knowledge on a variety of levels.
Visitors are greeted by a media center and administrative offices with large expanses of glass that bracket the front entrance. The multipurpose room is sized to accommodate a full basketball court for after-school community use. It also serves as a dining room, supported by a full-service kitchen. The site is designed to incorporate two safe dropoff/pickup zones, one for parents and one for buses, to ease the before- and after-school traffic.
Sustainable features of the school include proper solar orientation, multi-level lighting, trestle wood building materials and a geothermal mechanical system.
"This project, with its small learning communities, collaboration areas, intimate social spaces, design vernacular and transparency of spaces, provides a rich learning environment."--2009 jury