College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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Elementary Schools PROJECT OF DISTINCTION OUTSTANDING DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE IN EDUCATION 12 Mount Nittany Elementary School STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT, STATE COLLEGE, PA. T HE 60,500-SQUARE-FOOT MOUNT NITTANY ELEMENTARY School houses 400 K-5 students and allows for future expansion to 500 students. Learning space design focuses on a centrally located learning resources center surrounded by large group instruction areas branching into classroom learning areas. The classroom cluster structure promotes several levels of so- cial and academic interaction, providing individual and group learning as well as typical classroom settings. One story at the entrance, the school expands to two stories linked by centrally located ramps. The multistory design follows the topography and minimized the site work required. To function as a teaching tool, the design incorporates a 'Building Dashboard' showing facility energy usage, rain and butterfly gardens, a compass built into the floor surfacing, exposed structural and color-coded building systems, heights marked in the bricks to illustrate measurement and scale, and a gnomon at entry functioning as a sundial. Sustainable features include ground-source heat pump, gray water, solar hot water heater and reflective roof systems. Roof monitors allow for bilateral daylighting within classrooms and rain gardens aid with storm water control. The project utilizes high-value wall insulation systems, low-flow fixtures, exterior light shades and shelves, and reused, renewable and recycled materials. EDS ARCHITECT Schradergroup Architecture DAVID SCHRADER, AIA, LEED-AP 215/482-7440 PROJECT INFO CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR COMPLETION DATE GROSS AREA (SQ. FT.) PER PUPIL (SQ. FT.) CAPACITY (STUDENTS) CURRENT ENROLLMENT SITE SIZE (ACRES) COST PER STUDENT COST PER SQ. FT. TOTAL COST Robert O'Donnell Aug. 2011 60,500 151 400 342 56 $28,651 $189 $16,114,456 EDUCATION DESIGN SHOWCASE E7

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