Mountain Green Elementary School

Mountain Green, Utah

  • FIRM

    VCBO Architecture


    Morgan County School District

  • AREA

    73,000 sq.ft.





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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST 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