North Trail Elementary School

Farmington, Minnesota

The architectural concept for North Trail Elementary School building was to provide a fun, dynamic and functionally efficient facility for 750 students. The layout of classroom groupings and minimized corridors resulted in a higher utilization of the floor area for learning activities.

The integrated core instructional classrooms are grouped around a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$89.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio1998 Educational Interiors learning/resource area and are divided into grade-level houses. For flexibility, a variety of learning spaces were designed in each house to accommodate the needs of the school’s educational delivery philosophy. The playful nature of the building’s circulation pattern, and the use of well-placed windows, provide the sun-filled spaces in small scale houses, making the experience in a large building more friendly.

The entire two-story building is easily secured in segments to accommodate a variety of activities simultaneously by the school and/or community. The use of light-weight building materials on the upper level of the structure allowed economies in construction costs, as well opportunities to create interesting forms.

The media center is centrally located and serves as the hub for an extensive technology network.

Photographer: ©Ralph Berlowitz