Richland Elementary School Additions and Modifications

Richland Elementary School Additions and Modifications

This project is part of a district-wide facilities improvement campaign for the West Memphis School District.  The goals of the Richland Elementary project were to create new administrative space, renovate the existing administrative space for counseling and nurse use, expand and renovate the current cafeteria, develop a kitchen addition, create space for special needs, resource, and therapy classrooms, create space for Music and Art, and create space for elementary physical education.  Also, this existing elementary campus had a "twin sister" elementary campus in another area of town.  The two campuses have grown independently and no longer were maintaining the fundamental similarities.  There was a desire within the District to maintain a "sister" appearance; but, provide for enhanced differences between the two facilities.  We accomplished these goals by designing the major portion of the addition "in the front door" of the existing facility.  The design allowed us to provide the proper oversight and security by locating the new administrative space at the main entrance to the building and new classroom space across the front eastern portion of the facility, providing a new appearance for the front of the building.  Within the design, we were able to introduce new materials, shapes, and a grand entrance that blended nicely with the existing facility while providing some variation from the appearance of the "sister" facility.  The music, art, and elementary physical education facility is a standalone facility located near the rear of the school central to all existing classroom wings for convenient pull-out classes and with direct access to adjacent playgrounds.

Mark Cahoon