Newcastle Public Schools, Early Childhood Center

Newcastle , Oklahoma

  • FIRM

    Design Architects Plus

  • CLIENT

    Newcastle Public Schools

  • AREA

    93,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $15,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/2012

Associated Firms: Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC (Civil), Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC (Structural), Allen Consulting, Inc. (Mechanical and Plumbing), Howell & Summers Engineering, Inc. (Electrical), Blasdel Associates, Inc. (Kitchen Design)

As part of a $52 million bond issue, the Newcastle Public School District contracted Design Architects Plus to design ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$161.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio 650-student Early Childhood Center. This center houses pre-K through first grade. The floor plan is based on a pod design for each grade level.
The main entry provides a secure access to the building during the day, but can be opened up for after-hours use of the gym and dining area. A small stage in the dining area functions for both after-hours events and student performances. A separate, secure playground area is provided for the pre-K classrooms with direct access from their pod.
The interior color scheme is based on timeless neutral colors; primary colors are used as accents as well as grade indicators. The building uses a geothermal heat and air system to increase efficiency and reduce cost. Four safe room/classrooms also are provided in the pre-K and kindergarten pods.