Timothy Road Elementary School

Sustainability was a driving factor for the design of Timothy Road Elementary. Architects for CDH Partners designed a two-story plan that minimized the footprint of the building and reduced the […]

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Timothy Road Elementary School

Sustainability was a driving factor for the design of Timothy Road Elementary. Architects for CDH Partners designed a two-story plan that minimized the footprint of the building and reduced the facility’s impact on the site. The project itself involved the demolition of the existing school’s core and the renovation of the remaining classroom wing and gymnasium to a “like new” status.

The new portion of the school was constructed to the rear of the existing core, which allowed the school to remain occupied during construction. The structure’s design is made up of conventional steel with brick veneer. One of the major features of this state-of-the-art school is the abundance of natural light that comes into the facility.

Designers relocated the individual grade levels in classroom pods to the rear of the facility. Each classroom now shares a common area where students can gather. These areas receive nature light through a clerestory. By orienting the pods on a 45-degree angle to the axis of the school, designers positioned classrooms so that each one has a view of the playfields and a nearby tree line.

The media center and the cafeteria were also designed to take full advantage of the natural light and views of the site. Also included in the design are outdoor gathering spaces for students and faculty. The plaza, situated between the media center and the lobby, provides a place of visual control from the administrative area. This area also serves as a place for students to gather before and after school.

Owner:

Clarke County Board of Education
Athens, Georgia

Square Footage:

71,000 – New Construction
15,600 – Renovation

Costs:

$8,750,000

Completion:

January 2010

Awards:

American Schools and Universities
Outstanding Design — Elementary Schools

 

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