Oakview Elementary School
Dekalb County Schools commissioned CDH to design a new elementary school for this location. The design incorporates EIFS, brick, and glass for the exterior surfaces and included about 200 percent more glazing than the average classroom. These design decisions, along with an innovative storm drain system to effectively manage runoff and impact on the nearby flood plain, savings in operational costs.
The school is located within an existing public park. There were several issues that needed to be address including the constriction of available land and the owner’s wish to save as much of a nearby park as possible. Architects chose to design a two-story structure believing it would be the best solution.
The school was constructed in a complete build. All third, fourth, and fifth grade classes were located on the second level to abide by vertical circulation code restrictions for younger children. Administration offices are located along the main corridor of the entry.
Security concerns were addressed by the strategic placement of cameras along with a wall of windows on the corridor and a secure courtyard for the pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade classes. Interior finishes are durable, low maintenance, and light reflecting making this an aesthetically positive place to learn and study.
Members of the DeKalb County School Board were is so satisfied with this project that it became the prototype for future elementary schools in the system.
DeKalb County Board of Education