Discovery Elementary School

St. Charles, Missouri

The new Discovery Elementary School for pre-K through second grade was designed for expansion to a complete elementary facility. The 76,803-square-foot facility includes two preschool classrooms, five kindergarten classrooms, 10 standard classrooms for first and second grades, and two special-education classrooms. Also included are a media center, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY440COST PER SQ FT$134.07FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio lab, art classroom and flex space for preschool, with a multipurpose/cafeteria, multipurpose/gymnasium, dual-sided stage and an administration suite.

Green design features include an energy-management system, water-source heat pumps, exposed polished-concrete flooring, lighting-control sensors and efficient building insulation envelope, and thermal break windows with insulated low-e glass. This facility has a steel super structure, metal stud and brick masonry, split/ground-face concrete block veneer, with a low-slope single-ply EPDM and accent metal roofing.

Building interior finishes include metal stud and drywall, carpet, ceramic tile, rolled-sheet flooring in the cafeteria, wood flooring in the gym, and acoustical tile ceilings. Systems include an intercom and data network. Site development includes a new road, service/bus loop and loading/paved playground area and parking.