K-12 Schools Design: Transforming the Smithfield Elementary Schools
This carefully planned project involved expansion and renovations within three elementary schools in conjunction with the closure of a fourth aging school. In addition to addressing prioritized capital needs and accessibility improvements, an important objective was to create impactful educational environments within each school to support 21st century teaching and learning. This was accomplished through the reconfiguration of existing educational spaces and the addition of common spaces, including media centers, learning labs, makerspaces, and a flexible new gymnasium at the largest school. The project was completed under budget allowing the school district to include additional work within the final scope.
New makerspaces and learning labs promote flexible project-based learning and teamwork.
New media centers allow students to collaborate and explore various physical and digital sources of information.
Colorful wall graphics and flexible seating options within common areas aim to energize and delight.
Improvements to Pleasant View Elementary School, the largest school, included cafeteria renovations, a new kitchen/servery, and a new gymnasium.
To reinforce a sense of community and school pride, large tree graphics with space for students to add their handprint are displayed on the walls of each school. DBVW recently had the honor of attending the Pleasant View Elementary School handprint day, a commemorative event for the graduating fifth grade students. It was wonderful to see students engaging in their environment by adding their handprint to the trees, leaving a lasting mark on the elementary school before they depart for middle school.