Vandora Springs Elementary School

Garner, North Carolina


Wake County Public School System


106,000 sq.ft.

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Vandora Springs, an existing elementary school in Garner, N.C., consisted of six buildings built over 60 years. After determining new construction on the existing site was the best course of action, district leaders developed a plan to relocate the students to a new nearby school and demolish the existing facility. The vibrant new school has a more efficient footprint and is sized to increase capacity from 600 to 800 students. The site design adapts to new transportation needs and includes multiple outdoor learning and play areas.

This school was one of the first to help the Wake County Public School System launch its Learning Environment Guidelines. Each classroom employs a collaborative learning environment, project-based learning, and display within program areas integrated with the corridors.

The use of glass throughout the building increases connectivity between classrooms and learning commons, promotes collaboration, and provides views to nature and outdoor play areas. Teachers can work with students in nontraditional learning spaces so that education may happen in numerous ways.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Fleming & Associates P.A., Foodesign Associates Inc., CLH Design p.a., Progressive Design Collaborative

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Gold Citation

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2019 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

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