Located on a boomerang-shaped site at the crest of a hill overlooking a small lake, this elementary school fills out the campus of a growing rural/suburban public school district. This new school replaces the modest, 60-year-old original school. The top priorities driving the design were maintaining the bucolic feel of the community—there is no urban CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$168.52FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio here—and sustainability.
The building program was illustrated to a client group of parents, teachers, and school administrators in several different solutions using sketches and 3D modeling tools such as Sketchup and Revit. After the concept was determined, every space was then further developed in more detail in this fashion and reviewed with the client group again. This give-and-take process maximized buy-in and minimized surprises.
The building’s form and expression were influenced by design goals of clarity of form, transparency, daylighting, and ease of wayfinding for the young children. A spacious and well-lit central rotunda anchors the two straightforward classroom wings while allowing the principal to visually monitor the entire building from a single point.