Eastridge Elementary School (Indianapolis)

Indianapolis, Indiana

By 1992, Eastridge Elementary School had grown from the original 1957 building, by means of two additions, into a well-worn facility.

An educational specification based around a four-room grade-level house was developed. Within this house concept would be a commons area of approximately 1,000 square feet and a teacher’s resource/planning space of approximately 400 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$70.36FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation feet.

The teaching staff wanted a main street to the school in lieu of the two current wings, one for primary grades and the other for intermediate grades.

This called for the demolition of the two existing classroom wings, due to the inability of the existing wings to be economically renovated to embrace the house layout or to allow for a variable-air-volume mechanical system.

The building was divided into main components: singular spaces such as administration, severely and profoundly handicapped student classrooms, art, music, gym, cafeteria and kitchen were located at the east end in existing square footage. The west end served as the neighborhood of houses, with the focus of the neighborhood being a new media center coupled with a project room.

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