This 82,000 square foot elementary school was designed to house pre-school through 5th grade students for a growing school district. The school features 30 classrooms, a state-of-the-art media center, gymnasium, and administration spaces.
The architect’s design concept of water washing up on a sandy shore was a nod to a river and the many lakes that form the western boundary of the school district. Additionally, the school district wanted a design that would give the new elementary a strong identity given it is adjacent to two other school district buildings. The project incorporated the use of insulated, load-bearing precast walls at both the interior and exterior of the building.
Early in the design process, the architect targeted precast for this project because of its speed of construction and its flexibility of exterior finishes. The architect’s prior experience using precast also played a factor in making an early determination to use precast. The project was delivered using the construction manager at-risk delivery method which allowed the precaster to be brought on early in the design process to work with the design team. This early involvement ensured the panel design and layout maximized efficiencies and reduced costs related to precast fabrication, helping keep the project on budget.