As one of the first commissions resulting from the successful 2002 bond campaign, Highland Meadows Elementary School provides relief to the existing overcrowded Reilly Elementary School. The site is central to an established neighborhood in the far northeastern corner of the district and is bordered by single family residences on all four sides.
The site is a rectangular shaped property with the long axis running North to South. The new school now responds to the neighborhood context and maximizes the use of the remaining green space by shifting upper grades to the second story to conserve site area. The vehicular traffic flow is designed to coexist with pedestrian circulation and also provides access for visitors, bus traffic and teacher parking to avoid congestion.
The plan is organized about a two story entry / lobby bounded by the Administration area and a prominent feature wall that frames the Auditorium. Along the lobby wall is a monumental staircase rising to the second floor level, overlooking the lobby and leading to the upper grade classrooms. Extending beyond the entry is the Media Center, filled with natural light from the north. The Media Center and Lobby volume projects into a courtyard framed by Levitra generic. The southern two-story wing is comprised of the Academic core classrooms. To the north of the Library the landscaped courtyard is viewed and defined by the Cafeteria and Gymnasium and the specialized classrooms for Art and Science.