Huntingbird & Holland Elementary Schools

Huntingburg, Indiana

The main challenge of this project was developing a common program for two different schools with greatly different student populations. The resulting facilities are both single-story buildings serving grades K to 5. Holland Elementary School required a 12,700-square-foot renovation and a 30,800-square-foot addition to transform an existing gymnasium and portable ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$105.65FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio into a single structure for 220 students. Huntingburg Elementary School is a new 82,100-square-foot facility to accommodate 752 students.

Both schools have special education, art, music, computer labs and physical-education program spaces, along with a media center and administrative areas. In both, classrooms are organized around a commons area consisting of support functions, including tutor rooms, a prep room and toilets. This maximizes the efficiency of day-to-day operations and allows air-handling equipment to be housed in a mezzanine above the commons for each classroom wing.

Construction of Holland was coordinated to allow continued operation of existing portables until the additions could be completed. Huntingburg was designed as a school-within-a-school. Two classroom wings allow grade-level groupings and separation. Huntingburg’s gymnasium was designed to accommodate two classes simultaneously and also serves as an auxiliary gymnasium for the local high school.

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