Addition + Renovation, Grades PreK - 1st
Originally built in the 1950’s, Lake Primary houses grades Pre-K through First. As part of the school district’s master plan, additions and a major renovation to the building were intended to make the building look and function like a brand-new student-centered learning environment. Blue metal forms were added to the exterior of the building to highlight entry points and provide a cohesive design for the new and existing portions of the building.
The design transformed the existing 47,786 SF into something unrecognizable by past students and teachers. Classrooms were reshaped and updated to interconnect with glass garage doors, opening views and expanding the learning spaces. Extended-learning and small group areas were created and are used as break-out spaces for project-based and independent learning. The flexible areas are intended to maximize engagement, facilitate movement, and encourage collaboration among students and teachers.
The SoL Harris/Day team demonstrated great patience and outstanding communication skills throughout the year long design process.
Kevin Tobin, Superintendent, Lake Local Schools
The interior design was intended to be playful and fun. To help create a sense of identity within the learning community, each classroom entryway features a brightly colored “portal” that doubles as wayfinding. Various shapes are used within the school to inspire students and spark creativity. The furniture is aimed to promote choice and keep students engaged throughout the day.
Renovations focused around improving the thermal envelope and increasing energy efficiency through added insulation, a new HVAC system, window replacement, and fully dimmable LED lighting.
Biophilic design elements were incorporated to create a connection with nature; classrooms and corridors introduce natural light and views to the outside, metal lockers are wrapped with woodwork, interior paint and flooring is based on a color palette found in nature, and outdoor learning areas are incorporated around the building. The existing building included a courtyard that previously could only be accessed through a storage room. The new plan focused on opening views and access to the courtyard which is being used as a ‘science garden’ by students.
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