Wattsburg Area Elementary Center

Wattsburg, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    HHSDR Architects/Engineers


    Wattsburg Area School District

  • AREA

    97,608 sq.ft.





This elementary center replaces three aging rural schools to centralize the district’s K-4 students in one building on the same campus as a recently completed middle school and existing high school. The design features flexible classrooms, technology enhancements and energy efficient systems.

Each classroom is equipped with movable walls and is grouped around open ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$109.00FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas areas, which are used for group activities/interaction, technology and scientific discovery, or individual concentration. Video, voice and data systems were integrated throughout to enhance the school’s curriculum. A geothermal well-water source heat pump system heats and cools the entire building.

The exterior brick veneer complements other schools on the same campus. The vibrant interior features accents with primary colors—red, blue, green and yellow. Playful design elements include columns of Crayola crayons and pillars of #2 pencils.

The main concourse features a Wall of Hands—student and staff handprints fired onto ceramic wall tiles and the school’s logo. Three overlapping hands representing the three former rural schools, is designed into the mosaic floor tile with the motto "A School for All Children."