Beaver Dam Elementary School

Beaver Dam, Kentucky

Beaver Dam Elementary was constructed during the 1930s with additions in 1991 and 2001. As a result, the school became a disorganized cluster of undersized instructional and administrative areas, hindering supervision and security. The architectural challenge was to add 69,900 square feet to replace the original 1930s building, and renovate the 1991 and 2001 additions. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$177.00FEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio the school needed to remain in operation during construction, the project was designed for construction to occur without losing a single instructional hour.

The school is rooted in tradition, so the architect worked with the community and staff to develop a design that incorporated items from the original building, such as pieces of the original gym floor. Program areas enable the community to utilize the facility after hours.

High-performance features include:

-Thermal efficient ICF exterior walls

-R-30 roof insulation.

-Light gray roofing to reflect heat.

-Extensive daylighting.

-Recycled rubber floor tiles.

-Bioswale stormwater system.

-Interior mechanical mezzanine.

"A clean, simple floor plan. Integrates well with existing facility while maintaining small teaching neighborhoods."--2010 jury