Socastee Elementary School

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • FIRM

    SFL+A Architects


    Horry County Public Schools

  • AREA

    120,401 sq.ft.





Associated firm:
Firstfloor Energy Positive (Design-Builder), SfL+a Architects (Architect of Record), Stantec (Educational Planning/Interiors), and Mozingo + Wallace (Exterior Architect)

Socastee Elementary School is the first new elementary school prototype completed as part of a design-build. Discussions with the school system and tours of other ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$295.00CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2018 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas across the nation led to an appreciation of highly flexible and engaging learning environments for young students.
The resulting design promotes visibility and interconnectedness between spaces and provides many opportunities for passive supervision. Flexible furnishings enable areas, or combinations of areas, to be configured and deployed differently each day. Students are intrigued by the adaptable environment and the ability to see what their peers are investigating and presenting.
Visual connectivity between spaces also encourages daily interaction among varying age groups, both planned and unplanned. This helps forge a strong community of learners and promotes benefits of multi-age learning such as empathy development. Chock full of tools—from low tech to high tech—the school promotes collaboration among occupants of all ages and groups of all sizes.