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Size:68,000 square feet
Following a two-year planning process that explored options for renovation vs. replacement of the Hutchinson Elementary School, the District and the community elected to develop a new next generation elementary school.
This new 68,000sf community school replaced a 1928 building and was designed to be equivalent to LEED Silver Standards. The architectural approach and materials were carefully selected to fit seamlessly in this residential neighborhood.
A central learning commons, known as The Atrium, includes an art classroom, media center, and maker space that open to the common area through glass overhead doors. The Atrium features colorful acoustic panels, a few in the pattern of origami birds, as well as hanging origami art installations.
Two floors of flexible classroom space are included with break out “front porch” space and adjacent small collaboration “pods” that extend and connect learning spaces. Common areas include a gymnasium and cafetorium that includes outdoor dining. Outdoor spaces include a kindergarten play area, student garden, and a new athletic field and play space on the site of the former elementary school.