Pierce Lake Elementary

Chelsea, Michigan

  • FIRM



    Chelsea School District

  • AREA

    56,500 sq.ft.





Pierce Lake Elementary is distinguished by a K-2 wing and a 3-5 wing, both of which contain large and small pods to accommodate multisize group activities. Both wings house two sections of each grade. Rooms are universal classrooms and support any grade level (excluding kindergarten). The kindergarten rooms have their own entrances and K-1 playgrounds.

This building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$95.50FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio standards for all district elementary schools, which were renovated based upon the Pierce Lake prototype. A design committee comprised of parents, school-board members, and administrators were part of the design process from beginning to end.

The plan meets community-use functions through the media center. Music, cafeteria and multipurpose rooms are located upfront and easily isolated for after-hours use. Their location is equally accessible from both academic wings.

Pierce Lake also was designed with indoor air quality in mind. Out of general concern for environmental contaminants, and specifically, some multichemical sensitive students, designers consciously avoided materials with high volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Materials such as chrome were substituted with powder-coated metals.

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