Case Studies--Elementary Schools

Title Abstract Publication Date
Build a School, Inspire a Community. Profiles River Crest Elementary School in Hudson, Wisconsin. This green school was built at 29% below the average cost for schools in that region, and has formed partnerships with the YMCA camp... 04/30/2010
Building Blueprints: Early Childhood Spaces. Profiles the United Cerebral Palsy Bailes Campus in Orlando. Principles of universal design enable students of every ability to share the same spaces. Calming colors, indoor and outdoor wheelchair... 04/30/2011
Building Blueprints: Playgrounds and Outdoor Spaces. Highlights how an urban Boston charter school created play and exercise areas on their small site, formerly six-acre industrial property. 03/31/2011
Building Community: A Post-Occupancy Look at the Maryvale Mall Adaptive Reuse Project. Describes the conversion of Phoenix's vacant 1950's-era Maryvale Mall into an elementary and middle school. The project yielded a construction cost of $65 per square foot, and the new... 01/31/2006
Building Type Basics for Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2nd Ed. Advises architects, planners, engineers, and their clients through all aspects of school facilities design. Chapters address predesign, circulation, design concerns and process, site planning, codes... 12/31/2009
Building Types Study: K-12 Schools In-depth analyses of fifteen K-12 school buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, descriptions and design solutions. Includes Evelyn Grace Academy, Zaha Hadid Architects London, United... 12/31/2011
Buildings that Teach. Discusses Roy Lee Walker Elementary School In McKinney, Texas as an example of a high performance, or green, school. The school blends the physical environment with the student learning process while... 12/31/2001
Burr Elementary. Describes this suburban Connecticut school that wraps around a series of outdoor classrooms, thus preserving existing trees. Also featured is sustainable design and exterior detailing that blends in... 11/30/2005
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, Los Angeles, California. Discusses how an architectural firm took an abandoned mini-mall in Los Angeles and converted it into a charter school that helped revive the neighborhood in the process. Describes the title school... 01/31/2001
Campbell Montessori School. Profiles this Missouri private elementary school that features exposed natural materials and daylighting. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and... 04/30/2010
Case Study: An Elementary School that Saves Energy and is Visually Comfortable Discusses lighting solutions at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in Rochester, New York. The design aimed to give the school an intimate scale. The lighting designers used energy-efficient... 07/31/1998
Case Study: Manassas Park Elementary + Pre-K. Manassas Park, Virginia VMDO Architects uses sustainable buildings systems and natural cycles to demonstrate eco-conscious living to the next generation. With outdoor learning spaces, views of the forests, and building... 06/30/2010
Chabot Elementary School. Profiles this Oakland, California, elementary school addition that echoes the beloved Tudor architecture of the existing buildings and achieved CHPS verification. The school's abundant... 04/30/2010
Charles W. Morey Elementary School. Profiles this Massachusetts elementary school that fits a large facility onto a tight site, and mimics the colors and textures of the surrounding residential neighborhood. 12/31/2010
Chieftan Elementary School. Describes this Ohio elementary school whose gymnasium can be incorporated into the auditorium by means of an operable wall. Building statistics, a listing of the design and construction participants... 02/28/2005
Citations of Excellence Awards 2009: Creative Buildings Contribute to the Learning Experience. Briefly profiles 14 school facilities and their respective design firms, cited in the 2009 Learning by Design competition as being thoughtful, compact, and regionally inspired. 12/31/2008
Community Campus Plan, Pass Christian School District, Pass Christian, Mississippi. Relates how a hurricane-destroyed school was replaced by a community campus that includes the also-destroyed Boys & Girls Club and public library. Gathering all these participants on one site... 12/31/2006
Community Pride. Describes the building design of Cougar Elementary School in Manassas Park, Virginia, including the educational context, design goals, and architects and construction manager. Also provides the floor... 12/31/2001
Community Values. Profiles the Rosa Parks Elementary School of Redmond Ridge, Washington. The community participated in the design of this lodge-like building that emulates the local environment, accommodates... 04/30/2007
Construction Completed on Valle del Sol Elementary School for Coachella Valley Unified School District. Describes this K-6 community school that consists of a cluster of buildings each serving a separate grade. Students can reach the school by walking or biking, and the plan has been adapted for... 05/31/2006
Corona New Primary School. Profiles this new K-2 school on an urban site, with underground staff parking. 12/31/2005
Cradleboard's New Dome School, A Real Learning Experience Describes how the construction of a new domed K-5, multipurpose facility created a learning experience for its students. Highlighted are the cost savings realized in its construction and the interior... 06/30/1998
Creating a School for the Future: John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School: A Case Study. Describes the inception and realization of this revered community school created within a restored 1911 St. Paul, Minnesota, high school building, and combined with an adjoining new YMCA facility.... 12/31/2003
Dalry Primary-An Innovative Scottish Case Study. Profiles an innovative school building in Scotland, describing its design as a collection of “houses,” and community use of the sports and arts facilities. The article also reports the viewpoints of... 12/31/2007
Dena New Primary Center, Los Angeles, California. Profiles this new elementary school in an urban setting, where small learning communities are housed in a building that is organized inward, around a central elliptical courtyard that provides a safe... 06/30/2007