William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School
The design intent for the new 600-student William F. Cooke Jr. Elementary School was to create a vibrant community school that would inspire students and the community. The bidirectional main entry is highlighted with the “Bus Tank” aquarium and a Lego wall. Directly adjacent is the main stairwell, housed in a glazed volume with a colorful mobile, that creates a sense of COST PER SQ FT$240.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas upon arrival.
The K-1 wing is separated from the two-story academic wing housing grades 2-3 on the lower level and grades 4-5 on the second floor. Bright colors are assigned to each of the classroom wings to assist with wayfinding and sense of place.
The design was the result of a collaborative effort among architects, administrators, teachers, and students. Student artwork has been incorporated into multiple design elements. The school was developed to be highly energy efficient utilizing daylight, LED lighting throughout, and a VRF mechanical system, in conjunction with a combination of an environmentally friendly and sturdy materials.