Phoenixville Area School District, Early Learning Center and Elementary School - New Facility

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM



    Phoenixville Area School District

  • AREA

    152,000 sq.ft.





The new facility is designed to support two grade structures in a "school within a school" format: K-1 in an early learning center, and 2-5 as elementary school. The design provides for individual and small, medium and large group learning areas. But every space in the facility is promoted as learning space. For instance, even corridors are designed to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,050COST PER SQ FT$217.00CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress both as connectors and learning spaces.


Primary goals for the facility include promoting literacy and learning in a non-standard learning environment. In response, the design places the media and technology center at the core of the facility with all other functions radiating from it. A secondary focus is on food and nutrition, and the design includes courtyard gardens allowing students to grow food. Additionally, food preparation spaces enable the students to learn farm-to-table philosophies.


The new facility joins an existing campus that encompasses the middle and high schools. The “educational village” concept promotes connectivity with this existing educational community, and allows for shared resources such as roadways/bus loops, walkways, parking and playing fields.