Groveland Elementary School, Learning Commons

Minnetonka, Minnesota

A "reading by the lake" theme inspired the renovation of the outdated library at Groveland Elementary School. White sails identify the digital self-checkout stations, which are shaped like small boats. Portholes serve as a popular spot to cozy up with a good book. These special touches and a soothing blue-green color palette reinforce this nautical theme. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$135.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation enjoy comfortable window seats and reading nooks flooded with natural light.

Maximizing perimeter shelving enabled the central areas to be filled with a variety of furniture easily configured to meet the needs of students and staff. The large-group instruction area features an interactive whiteboard and flexible lounge seating. The adjacent walls serve as markerboards for students to express their creativity and actively participate. 

A favorite spot for student/teacher interaction, the smaller separate room situated within the Learning Commons provides a quiet place to review lessons and spend one-on-one time together. 

The new Learning Commons reflects a warm and welcoming, 21st-century teaching and learning space designed to engage students’ creative and critical thinking skills.


“A flexible, dynamic and innovative transformation from the old space to the modern learning commons."--2013 jury