The New Albany Elementary School is the latest addition to the New Albany Learning Community Campus. Designed primarily in the red-brick prevailing New Albany Georgian style, the complex also will include a community health and wellness center, childcare center, wetland-research area, playing fields and park lands, and athletic and community aquatic facilities.
The ASSOCIATED FIRMLincoln Street StudioCOST PER SQ FT$113.69FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio elementary school is a 126,000-square-foot facility for 1,200 students in grades K to 5. To retain the scale and intimacy characteristic of smaller facilities, the school was designed as two distinct houses—one for primary and one for intermediate grades. These houses, forming two wings of a Palladian plan, have distinct and identifiable academic and play areas. The central house has an arched and colonnaded portico—the main front door of the school. This central wing houses the school’s shared facilities, administration, library/media, computer learning center, science, and music and art.
The dining and gymnasium are barn-like buildings, with metal siding replicating wood-barn siding. The scale of the dining and gymnasium is suited to that of the outbuildings serving the “main farmhouse” of the academic wing of the school. The farmhouse, barn and Community Wellness Center form three sides of the formal school green—a visitor and bus arrival court.
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