The T. Harry Garrett Elementary School was designed on an existing site with a graduated hillside, which inspired the Grand Canyon theme that is reflected in the school’s brick patterns and interior terrazzo river-like pattern. Designing a masonry and steel two-story building enabled a larger school to be placed on the site, creating the CAPACITY474COST PER SQ FT$142.39FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio for volumes of vertical space in the school’s cafetorium and lobby.
The lobby of the school welcomes guests with an exciting design that uses bold color. Its two-story space features a custom monumental stair and balcony. The organic "river" terrazzo pattern is contrasted by geometric shapes in the floor, walls and ceilings.
The entrance to the media center is just beyond the lobby and is a hub for the various wings of the school. It features an oversized book sculpture, which holds two monitors that will display school information and was painted by a muralist in a Dr. Seuss style. The multipurpose cafetorium features floating ceiling "clouds," a terrazzo wave pattern, and a "village" at the kitchen’s entrance.