Georgetown Elementary School
Part of a master-planned site that already includes a middle school and high school athletic stadium, Georgetown Elementary is a balance of tradition and innovation. Primary goals included: maintaining parity with the schools in the district; creating a child friendly environment; incorporating natural lighting; maximizing energy efficiency; and establishing a state-of-the-art facility with durable time-tested materials.
The design solution grew from the philosophy that learning environments are complex transactional systems composed of “activity settings.” To mediate agility, variable sized spaces occur throughout including dividing each wing into grade level and connecting each classroom with oversized doors, allowing for teaming to occur. Each classroom contains a room for smaller group activities. A central core acts as a place of extended social and learning interaction.
Composed of masonry and steel, the building envelope maintains the highest level of thermal protection while being heated and cooled with the innovation of a geo-thermal heat pump system, projected to save the district 30% in energy savings. Environmentally friendly features include a white roof, reduction of air contaminates, radiant cooling ceiling panels, and an outdoor wetland learning area. Daylighting is incorporated into every area of the building, featuring high clerestory windows with sloped ceilings to allow for deeper penetration of light..