Druid Hill Elementary School

Omaha, Nebraska

The Omaha Public School District wanted to adapt a design used previously at three other locations, to an inner-city location, adjacent to an existing school that was to be demolished.

The site for the new school had contained a battery-processing plant. Due to lead contamination, the building was demolished, and extensive site remediation was required.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$85.71FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio specifications established by the administration, staff and parents resulted in:

- A media center at core of facility with multimedia distribution system networked to all learning areas.

- An administrative area located centrally for good visual control.

- A gymnasium and multiuse wing isolated for security during after-school activities.

- A teacher-preparation area provided apart from the classrooms.

- Flexible use of space for conferences, school psychologist, special education and individual teaching.

- Core rooms of each classroom wing designed as tornado shelters.

- All entries equipped with card readers for security.

- An energy-efficient building envelope with windows that furnish optimal natural light.