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Presidential Meadows Elementary School

Completion: Summer, 2007
Construction Cost: $10,650,000
Building Area: 82,300 Sq.Ft.
cost per Sq.Ft.: $129.40
Capacity: 700 Students
 
Design 
This fast growing district elementary school is designed around a “kit-of-parts” that can be modified to fit its context while maintaining great economy. The interiors are open & spacious, but the overall building area is efficient. 
 
Educational Appropriateness 
The design implements high security without an institutional feel; the entry lobby offers strict control of all visitors. Public areas are situated to allow community use independent of the everyday school use. 
 
Innovation 
Teacher, student, parent, and community collaboration is a daily occurrence, encouraged by an easy to navigate, open design. Technology systems are integrated seamlessly into the building architecture. Community multipurpose use of space is encouraged. Entry control ensures safety and security.
 
Process of Planning 
The “kit-of-parts” approach allows for ongoing design & contractibility improvement, through user & community feedback. The basic design was developed through a community “visioning” process.
 
Sustainability 
An efficient use of space reduces materials used, energy consumption & waste by-products. Mechanical & electrical systems were selected based upon energy efficiency, life cycle cost & ease of maintenance. Fresh air systems pre-treat outside air & improve indoor air quality. The building envelope is well insulated & glazing minimized &/or shaded. 
 
Value 
Opened in 2007, the building cost for this elementary school was $104.33/SF. Reachable materials are very durable & lighter, less expensive materials are used elsewhere. Mechanical & electrical systems were selected based upon life cycle cost & ease of maintenance. An efficient floor plan & building geometry minimized the use of materials. The “kit-of-parts” approach allows for ongoing design & contractibility improvement.