Technology and design motifs are not the only items setting Corbin Primary apart from other elementary schools—the school’s layout is unique and is the result of a collaborative design process among the architect and teachers. The result creates three different school environments.
An old-time railroad clock and a ceiling that CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$167.89FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio the bygone railroad depot greet students, teachers and staff. The railroad motif continues throughout the building. The old-time look is a celebration of the area’s cultural and historical heritage, yet tucked into each room is the latest in technology.
The "heartbeat" of the school is the railroad-themed media center. Visitors are greeted by a water tower bearing Corbin’s name. Each corner of the room has a workspace for students—storytelling, creation, presentations and traditional library space.
Branching off from the media center are the school’s three "learning families." Each learning family has a common area with computers and three classrooms, one for each grade level. The pod structure eliminates the empty, lifeless hallways of schools past and creates a "home" atmosphere for students. It’s also better for security reasons because each learning family can be locked down in case of emergency.