Claypool Elementary School

Claypool, Indiana

This project included renovation and expansion of a small, outmoded one-section school building in the heart of the small town of Claypool, Ind., into a new 21st-century, three-section education facility.

In a community that had experienced three building closings in the years prior, it was essential that Claypool express a sense ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$96.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio permanence. Timeless materials of brick and stone capture the essence of the character and quality of the buildings, and convey a message that the building is constructed for a lifetime and devoted to its local community. This also is present in material selections of terrazzo, rubber tile, membrane roofs, masonry walls, sensor-controlled lighting, energy-efficient mechanical systems and sophisticated controls systems, fostering a high quality of building, low maintenance, sensitivity to environment and longevity of the facility.

The current curriculum demanded spaces and capabilities greatly lacking in the original 1980s-era building, including early learning, Title 1, remediation, science lab, ESL, special education, staff training and support, conferencing, computer labs, a modern media center, health and procedural care center, progressive playgrounds and wireless technology.