Kennedy Elementary School

Janesville, Wisconsin

The building responds to the district’s “Beyond 2000” curriculum plan. It is divided into four neighborhoods that surround the central village areas of the library, performance/commons space and the administration offices.

The design was created with a theme of “a village for kids.” High ceilings with open beams and natural light, curved corridors, angled walls ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$95.06CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio child-height windows encourage students to interact with their environment. A large, curving galleria space serves as a display area for student work, and links music and art to the neighborhoods and the performance space.

Architecturally, the building’s form responds to the functions inside. Natural light floods into the center of the building through clerestory windows in corridors. The primary colors for each of the interior neighborhoods correspond to the windows, doors and roof colors of the same exterior space.

The challenges of this project included designing the neighborhoods to allow:

Looping, where teachers stay with students through two grade levels; inclusion of children with disabilities; natural light into all spaces; combined performance space and cafeteria.

Each neighborhood has its own commons area with kitchen, coat cubicle, teacher planning rooms, pullout spaces for children with disabilities, toilets and storage spaces.

"Functional layout...great philosophy reflected in floor plan. Cafetorium is spectacular!"—Architectural Portfolio 2000 jury

Photographer: ©Bob Freund Photography