This project is the result of urban growth pushing into the rural areas surrounding Phoenix. The site for this new elementary school is a 20-acre parcel with a shared 15-acre municipal park for the newly developing area. The school is designed to house 700 students under one roof in a secure, monitored facility. The resulting school is divided by interior grade pods COST PER SQ FT$90.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress shared multipurpose and administrative areas. An interior courtyard breaks up the mass of the building and provides a secure play space. The courtyard functions to open up the interior of the building, bringing in natural light via full glazing walls. The courtyard also features learning areas for outdoor classroom space in the mild climate.
Various shapes and volumes along the exterior elevation of the building are used to reduce the scale and provide spatial interest. The exterior of the building relates to the surrounding agricultural area through the use of a monumental battered adobe wall at the entry. It also uses natural colors found in the Sonoran Desert agricultural communities.