Cooper Elementary School

Bella Vista, Arkansas

  • FIRM

    Hight Jackson Associates


    Bentonville School District

  • AREA

    89,566 sq.ft.





The goal of this project was to accommodate the educational needs of elementary students in a natural environment where many senior adults have retired. Changing demographics include younger families moving to the area for employment opportunities.

The site formerly contained a barn/stable and is surrounded by a steep hillside with a stream running along the base. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$138.84FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio building needed to reflect the past site occupancy and recognize the rural setting.

The building was shaped around the narrow base at the bottom of the hill. Traffic flow from existing streets determined parking and entry areas.

A two-story vestibule gives volume to the second floor, which is reminiscent of a barn loft. Corridors are wide, and common functions are near the administration area. Two academic wings off the foyer balance the student population while keeping corridor length to a minimum.

Features include “barn red” siding on the second-story exterior and painted steel structure in the foyer, natural light in all areas, and a geothermal heat-pump mechanical system to maximize efficiency.