Washington West Elementary School

Washington, Missouri

The new facility rests on a 38-acre tract outside a small, growing Midwestern community. The building facade mimics some of the town’s more distinct details. Red-brick homes with green clay-tile hip roofs and stone foundations are emulated in this design with a red-brick envelope, ground-face masonry detailing and patina green standing-seam metal roofing.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$94.90FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio was designed with the district’s present and future needs in mind. In addition to K-6 classrooms, the plan includes separate space for special education, music, art, a library, a gymnasium with stage, a full-service kitchen and cafeteria, administration offices and appropriate mechanical/electrical and storage space.

A key element in the design of this facility is the building’s circulation hub and the relationship it shares with the primary functions of the school. The hub is a terminus for all major activities for both teachers and students. From this area one can access the classroom wings, library, computer lab, restrooms, school displays and the teacher’s workroom.

The floor plan is a reflection of the district’s program objectives. It maximizes services to students by creating an efficient floor plan and a building that expresses academic excellence.

Photographer: ©David Ulmer