Veterans Elementary School, Bibb County School District
Veteran’s Elementary School was constructed to replace the 2-level, non-handicap accessible Morgan Elementary School. Due to the extreme changes in elevation throughout the site, we designed a structure that could adapt to the challenging elevation. As a result, we designed a one-story building with two 2-story wings branching off it. The one-story front portion of the building houses the Reception Lobby, Administrator Offices, Library, Gym, and Dining Hall. The one-story building splits into two 2-story classroom wings.
The final school is a result of close collaboration with the Owner, Architect, and the CM at Risk who was brought on board during the preliminary design phase, a process which assured meeting the design objectives, as well as staying within the Stated Cost Limitations. Since the project cost is substantially below the SCL, the Owner negotiated with us to design an amphitheater which will be covered by a portion of the CM contingency. This amphitheater will be located in the area between the two 2-story classroom wings.
The school exhibits an innovative building design with state of the art classrooms. One of our goals was to design a learning environment that encourages learning versus just placing students in a sterile “box.” To accomplish this, we placed large glass windows and clerestories throughout the building to provide an abundance of natural light as well as selected vibrant, energizing colors that create a fun learning environment. We also selected alternating colors for the classroom soffits going down hallways so the students can easily identify their classrooms.