The Sawyer Elementary School was built to replace an outdated three story elementary school. A new site was selected due to the small size of the existing school site. This wooded site allowed for the design of a single-story school and provides for outdoor teaching stations and nature trails.
The school is located in Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula, an area rich CAPACITY380COST PER SQ FT$66.74FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio maritime history. The design of the school reflects historical buildings of the area by using heavy timber and stone-like concrete materials.
The building includes two classrooms per grades 1-5, pre-K and kindergarten rooms, special-education and resource rooms, art and music rooms, library media center with reading area, and gymnasium.
The large, colorful main lobby of the school was designed for community access to the gymnasium during after-school hours, while allowing classroom wings to remain secured.
Energy efficiency was a high priority for the facility. Well-insulated doors and thermopane windows with blinds were used as well as high-efficiency lighting, sensor operated plumbing fixtures, and an energy-management heating and cooling system.
Complete data, video and communication systems were provided in all areas.
Photographer: ©Barbara Gahan