Hickory Hills School, the first new K-8 facility for Springfield Public Schools, is slated to exceed expectations by achieving LEED gold certification. The design decisions promoted sustainable development and education by focusing on economic payback and user benefits such as improved air quality, daylighting and acoustical design for COST PER SQ FT$155.20FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers occupants.
The centrally situated library and media center serves nine grades. Two entry points separate elementary and middle school students. The librarian’s office and circulation desk have access to both sides of the library. Students can study, research, relax in reading lounges or receive instruction in classroom areas, making the library a truly multifaceted space.
Inside the library, two major structural elements made of recycled steel are painted purple, the school color. Other primary sustainable elements are regional precast concrete and recycled steel joists and deck. Large expanses of curtainwall and glass are situated on the north side of the library, admitting patterns of diffused daylight into the space.
A gridded soffit reduces the scale of the space and highlights the classroom areas from the remaining stack and lounge spaces.