Adams Central Elementary School

Monroe, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Harding Partners


    Adams Central Community Schools

  • AREA

    62,745 sq.ft.





This 25,600-square-foot addition houses 14 classrooms, a modern library, a new entrance and a renovated cafeteria/auditorium. Thoughtful planning and simple building materials were combined in this strong new community building completed on a tight budget: $95 per square foot.

Paired pavilions step down the sloped site and surround an enclosed play yard. Natural ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMRQAW Architects and EngineersCOST PER SQ FT$78.67FEATURED IN2007 Educational Interiors2004 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers fills the spaces. The pavilion containing the school library doubles as the community library after hours. Broad eaves shield the clerestory window from direct sunlight, and elegantly exposed steel members provide visual interest while creating a higher volume of space for the reading room. Study carrels with individual student windows line the outside wall. A flexible reading area for the students is adjacent to the corner floor-to-ceiling window wall. An elegant maple veneer circulation desk is situated next to the library workroom for efficient staffing.

The significance of this library for the small, rural Indiana school lies in its success in “doing more with less” to create a special place of learning.