Case Studies--Elementary Schools

Title Abstract Publication Date
The Park School. Profiles this addition to a Massachusetts private school. To create harmony between the older building and the addition, the architects incorporated red brick into the new facade to match the... 06/30/2009
The Reece School, New York City. Profiles the new building for this school that teaches children with emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and speech or occupational impairments. The small classrooms emulate the scale of the... 06/30/2007
The Three-Dimensional Egg. Describes the Lake Zurich Elementary/Middle School in Hawthorne Woods, Illinois. The innovative design accommodates each school in respective legs of an H shape and is easily expandable. The school... 08/31/2004
The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts. Profiles Annaheim's Horace C. Mann Elementary School, which integrates medically fragile special education, pre-school, and K-6 students. 02/29/2008
Thoughtful Design, Excellence in Every Detail. Profiles Virginia's Poquoson Elementary School, a grade 3-5 facility that features grade houses named for nearby wetlands, abundant daylighting, and use of the building as a teaching tool. (... 03/31/2010
Thriving Environment. Discusses the public/private partnership that built Portland, Oregon's award-winning Rosa Parks Elementary School, the features of the building, notable sustainable site and building features,... 09/30/2007
Thurston Elementary School. Profiles this Oregon elementary school featuring ample daylighting, rainwater retention, and corridor hand-washing stations surrounded by tiles decorated by the students. 12/31/2010
Timothy Dwight Elementary School, New Haven, Connecticut. Describes the design of a multipurpose addition to an elementary school in New Haven, completed by the Yale Urban Design Workshop. The project was launched as a three-day community design charrette... 01/31/2002
Town Square for Kids. Presents design features of the Dawson Elementary School (Corpus Christi, Texas) where an atmosphere of an old town square and the feeling of community have been created. Photos and a floor plan are... 12/31/2000
Transforming a Neighborhood and Building a Treasure. Profiles San Diego's new Laura G. Rodriguez Elementary school, built on a former dumpsite in a distressed neighborood. The creation of the complex seven-building campus on an aggressive... 04/30/2008
Turning Point. Describes Hackberry Elementary School, whose angular, futuristic image contrasts with the surrounding rural and agricultural buildings, reflecting the contemporary aspirations of the community. The... 12/31/2004
Turning Vision into Reality: Dysart's Concept School of the Future. Narrates the creation of this new K-8 school as a school of choice in this Arizona district, accommodating an integrated curriculum and the district's gifted and talented program. Significant... 06/30/2007
Twin Lakes Elementary School. Profiles this LEED Silver rated school in Minnesota, distinguished by easy observation of the entrances and playgrounds from the principal's office, design for expandability, 100 percent... 10/31/2007
Uncommon Sense. Describes the design of an addition to Ontario's Ross McDonald School for blind, deaf/blind, and visually challenged children. The design features a high degree of customization to accommodate... 01/31/2005
Union Furnace Elementary School. Describes this new Ohio elementary school that includes a creek and nature preserve with trails. Building statistics, a listing of the design and construction participants, cost details, a floor plan... 02/28/2006
Veterans Elementary School. Profiles this Chula Vista, California facility that is designed as a village of six buildings around a central courtyard. It features daylighting, recycled water irrigation, operable windows, and a... 06/30/2006
Village Green. Pays tribute to architect Rosalyn Koo, and documents her donated services to design a seimmically safe and environmentally sustainable school to serve Shaanxi Province, China, after the devastation... 04/30/2011
What the Classroom Can Learn on a Field Trip. Describes the Summit Elementary in Casper, Wyoming. The open plan facility emulates museum-style presentation of information and integrates disciplines within the same space. 04/30/2011
Wilbert Snow School, Middletown, Connecticut. Describes a Connecticut elementary school design that integrates the natural outdoor environment with the school, unites several buildings into a unified whole, and preserves forest pathways for... 10/31/1999
William A. Brummer Elementary School, South Lyon, Michigan. Provides photos, a floor plan, and general description of an elementary school designed to instill in its students a sense of self, community, pride, and responsibility for others. Construction data... 04/30/2001
Wood Makes a Statement. Profiles the all-wood Gunter Primary School in Aubrey, Texas. Wood construction was less expensive and more timely. Fire codes were met with engineered woods, parts of the school were pre-assembled,... 05/31/2007
Wooster Elementary School. Profiles this Arkansas school, built with a variety of sustainable features and serving as the recycling center for the community. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost... 12/31/2010
Wyoming School Draws from Museum Design and Local Landscape. Profiles this Casper elementary school that features a rooftop solar installation, a geothermal system, flexible classrooms organized around houses for each grade, and a central area that serves as... 12/31/2010
Youth Elementary School. Describes this Georgia school, which is the second built from a prototype, but distinguished from the first by modifications made to accommodate the site, additional data and security systems, and a... 02/28/2005