This new three-story, 147,000-square-foot pre-K to 8 school was designed and constructed in Norfolk to replace an aging neighborhood school. During the design process, architects and planners worked closely with community stakeholders and educators so that the design solution met learning requirements and was contextually appropriate for the area.
The facility CAPACITY875COST PER SQ FT$170.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural Portfolio constructed on the same site as the existing school, creating an efficient footprint on the 10-acre urban site. The existing facility was demolished upon completion of the new school.
A unique aspect of the facility is the shared community space with the parks and recreation department. The community center can accommodate 60 students before and after school, and during the summer. The center features a computer lab, serving kitchen, lounge area and game area, and it shares the school’s gymnasium space.
The project is registered with the USGBC and is seeking LEED gold certification. Green building strategies include using the school as a teaching tool, such as rain-barrel demonstrations and a solar hot-water system replica; these are being incorporated into the curriculum.