AuSable Primary School

Grayling, Michigan

  • FIRM

    GBKB Architects


    Crawford AuSable Public Schools

  • AREA

    73,210 sq.ft.





Designed for the community’s younger learners, AuSable Primary School features colors and shapes mimicking the painted wooden blocks of early childhood.

The building is organized around the lobby—featuring an inlaid tile dalmatian puppy washed with natural light from clerestory windows—and the media center—the physical, functional, technological and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMCTM Associates, Consulting EngineersCAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$94.74FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio center.

Wings are identified with unique colors and simple geometric shapes. Corridors are purposely kept short and straight with natural daylight at the terminal points of each corridor to minimize confusion.

Classrooms are large with plenty of storage to accommodate center-based learning. In-floor hydronic radiant heating systems provide comfort for younger children, who spend much of their time on the floor.

Each classroom has its own coat room with built-in benches, storage units for outerwear and a direct outside door. Classrooms are connected to the building’s LAN.

Common spaces include a carpeted physical-education space and a divisible dining room/performance room.

Photographer: ©Dietrich Floeter Photography