Olympia North Elementary School is a new 48,500-square-foot facility, developed through collaboration with administrators, teachers, the community, architects and designers. The design separates classrooms into three pod areas, all of which connect to the main corridor.
Sustainability was a key priority in the building design. COST PER SQ FT$161.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas building incorporates natural light; operable, low-E windows; a geothermal heating system; water-saving plumbing fixtures; and an energy-efficient building shell. Motion-sensor-controlled lighting and master building heating and cooling control prevent energy waste during off-peak times.
The media center houses child-sized furnishing for young learners and a computer lab. The cafeteria commons enables maximum flexibility, acting as a cafeteria, community meeting space or classroom; it is equipped with audiovisual capabilities and durable materials. The use of color adds excitement and provides wayfinding throughout the school.
The original North Elementary School was a vital part of the community’s history, so the district requested elements from the old school be incorporated in the new. Therefore, a salvaged stone entryway and a limestone book were placed into the new school.