The overall concept in the planning and design of the building was to promote education as an invigorating and exciting experience. Design features not only were required to accommodate the latest technology and support the educational curriculum, but also needed to reinforce that this building is a place for children.
An abundance of natural light, colors and other COST PER SQ FT$86.85FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio features were important considerations in developing the solution. The Main Street area, or commons area, is a dynamic space. Students can experience a variety of educational adventures depending on continually changing displays and programs that can be housed there. A restricted site dictated a multistory building; therefore, it was important that Main Street extend horizontally and vertically so that it is readily accessible to all three floors.
One of the major challenges in planning the facility involved making provisions for efficient future expansion. The building was designed initially to house 450 students in grades K to 5. With the addition of a multistory classroom wing, it ultimately could accommodate 1,000 students. Infrastructure spaces, such as the kitchen and similar areas, were developed to handle the largest population, and all other areas were designed to be expanded easily.