Springhill Elementary School #36


Springhill Elementary is the newest K-5 facility in the Greenbrier School District. It is designed for up to 600 students and has a built-in FEMA shelter large enough for 1,100. The School is in a rural community and acts as a gathering space for local events. The outdoor amenities remain open to the public, including the playground the sports fields. The FEMA shelter is designed to automatically unlock in the event that there is a tornado watch.

Project Statement

Project Statement

Springhill Elementary is the newest K-5 facility in the Greenbrier School District. It is designed for up to 600 students and has a built-in FEMA shelter large enough for 1,100. There are 20 new state-of-the-art classrooms and four kindergarten classrooms, a computer lab, a multimedia center, a music room and a fine arts classroom. The building also contains a full service kitchen and cafeteria.
The building sits on a 40-acre site that has been master planned for future growth. The traffic design separates parent pickup/drop off from school bus pickup/drop off. A large secure playground is positioned at the rear of the building and features three separate age-appropriate zones that allow for good teacher visibility and easy access to drinking fountains and restrooms.
The building plan is broken up in to separate wings, both based on function and security. Special care was taken to segregate each learning space acoustically from each other and from outside noises. The areas that will be used by students from multiple grade levels have been given a centralized, easily accessible locations. Each wing can be locked down in case of emergency. And each learning space has an escape hatch that is recognizable to the students and faculty by the use of yellow glass.
The north wing contains the PE Gym/FEMA shelter, OT/PT, Resource Room, Speech, Administration, Health and the Kitchen.
The FEMA shelter is designed for both the school and the surrounding community. The school is situated on a rural site with limited infrastructure. In the event of a power outage, the building has a generator that will operate the basic functions but would not operate the site lighting. In order to ensure that the sounding community could find the shelter during the darkest of stormy nights, the design team chose to paint all the joints and reveals with photo luminescent paint.
The central wing contains the student dining room, the self-contained classroom, computer lab, and multimedia center. The Student dining room is centrally located to double as a staging for both buss and parent drop off and pick up, as well as direct access to the playground.
The east wing houses kindergarten, first and second grades.
The south wing houses music, art, third, fourth and fifth grades.

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