Ranch Heights Elementary Renovation

Bartlesville, Oklahoma

  • FIRM

    Ambler Architects


    Bartlesville Public Schools

  • AREA

    13,796 sq.ft.





The program called for a new early-childhood center, composed of four pre-K and four kindergarten classrooms. In addition, the entire early 1960s school was to receive an interior facelift.

The existing entry to the building was a continual problem: clashes between vehicular and pedestrian traffic and poor access to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$190.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation streets. The architect’s response was to add a new "front door" to the rear of the building, projecting a modern image and a glimpse of what awaited children inside. This new front door faces a collector street, and provides proper access for parents and visitors.

Existing 1960s hallways received new carpet, paint, ceilings and energy-efficient lighting. The hallway walls were organized and marked for efficient wayfinding. Space was provided for attractive, organized presentation of student work.

The early-childhood wing is at the new "front door" of the school, enabling efficient parent dropoff and pickup. Pre-K and kindergarten rooms are designed in pods of four classrooms around a common activity area, with natural light via skylights and north-facing windows.