This school replaces two aging, inefficient schools. The building is a “bridge” both metaphorically and literally. The project bridges two existing schools into one; bridges the historic Holmes Field (the District’s original football field) with a new, modern, sustainable school; bridges the local Frankoma pottery into an artistic sculpture of inspiration in the school; and bridges the children to the future. Holmes Field sandstone was repurposed as benches. The building is oriented with the long axis in the east-west direction, to minimize heat gain and maximize south facing windows. A ground-source geothermal HVAC system is used, as well as low-flow fixtures and occupancy sensors throughout. The new elementary houses 700 students in grades PreK-5.
- “Publishers’ Commendation Award” winner, Learning by Design, 2012
- “Outstanding Project” winner, Learning by Design, 2012