Note: Blackwell Elementary School: 60,000 sq. ft. including community center; Miles Jerome Jones Elementary School: 56,300 sq. ft.; Linwood Horton Elementary School: 56,300 sq. ft.
As a first step in turning around an aging school system, the city of Richmond needed a modern prototype for three new elementary schools in three distinct communities around the city. ASSOCIATED FIRMSnead and AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$162.00CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio design provides flexibility, technology and community spaces while also setting the standards for a revitalization of the district’s physical plant. Each new school initially will enroll 550 students and includes expansion capabilities.
The challenges of this program included building community support, maximizing limited resources, and working within a tight design and construction schedule. An intensive community building and programming effort was conducted with parents, faculty and students to develop the prototype without compromising neighborhood context. The physical-plant services staff was involved throughout to ensure incorporation of standardized building systems and efficient building-maintenance practices.
"Exciting spaces, good circulation ... interesting, attractive and good use os passageways as resource areas."—Architectural Portfolio 2000 jury
Photographer: ©Lee Brauer