Slate Creek Elementary

Newton, Kansas

  • FIRM

    PBA Architects


    Unified School District No. 373, Kay Baker, Supt.

  • AREA

    53,400 sq.ft.





Slate Creek Elementary is one of 12 construction projects funded by a $28.3 million bond referendum and is the first elementary school built in this district since 1962. Slate Creek is a program prototype facility for the Newton School District that reflects significant changes in the delivery of elementary education.

This design has a multimedia emphasis and is ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMProfessional Engineering Consultants, Johnson Engineering, Montgomery Assoc.CAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$70.21FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio with a computer learning lab, multimedia production area and media-distribution head-end room. This is the control and origination point for learning resources for the facility, which is also linked via wide-area network to other buildings in the district.

The facility is programmed around six grade levels that are divided into two grade clusters. A typical cluster includes six classrooms, four small-group rooms, a large wet/dry lab, restrooms and storage.

The building is primarily steel frame with brick veneer and metal skin. The exterior is clad in a mixture of red brick, blue standing-seam roofs and reflective galvalume horizontal metal siding.

The mechanical system is primarily dual-duct distribution from hot and cold air handlers on the roof. This system provides individual room control, reduced maintenance and diversity of zoning for energy efficiency.

Photographer: ©Heil Pettit