The design of Paint Creek Elementary School includes five wet and dry activity areas between classroom pairs to facilitate cooperative learning. They function as ancillary classroom space for pullout groups, independent study, large groups or groups of students from multiple classrooms.
One area is dedicated to science instruction; another serves the CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$104.50CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio suite. Low locker banks separate the activity areas from circulation space.
Each “classroom without walls” is equipped with computer workstations, TV, sound amplification, Vizcams, Smartboards, video projectors, videoconferencing equipment, video broadcast and wireless computer laptops. The building also has a television studio that broadcasts student-produced daily news shows.
A third design objective—multiple presentation spaces—was met with a small stage in the cafeteria, a large stage in the gym with seating for the entire building, and an amphitheater.
Classroom pairs feature operable partition walls for team-teaching and joint class projects.
"Excellent site layout. Spaces reflect instructional diversity."--2001 jury