William A. Brummer Elementary School

South Lyon, Michigan

The school district’s vision was clear—a neighborhood-based school that instills in its students a sense of self, community, pride and responsibility. The design response allows for multiple grade interaction and teaching methods, comparable to a single-room schoolhouse, where each neighborhood is a part of the larger elementary school community.

Brummer Elementary ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$110.95CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas of four neighborhoods, each with individual classrooms and commons for grades K to 5. The design is carried through the color-coded corridors, designed as community streets with abstract crosswalks and traffic lines. Academic-wing corridors are designed as residential streets with all the surroundings. Floor patterns and colors mimic a walk through the park, with appropriately scaled trees, windows and paths.

Along the Main Street corridor are shared community spaces, including administrative offices, the media center and cafeteria, which doubles as another common-use space.

"Good use of color as a way of defining `place.` Delightful patterns creating wandering paths in flooring. Cutout graphics along walls provide interest."--2001 jury