Allendale Elementary Construction Project

Allendale Elementary New School Construction

Allendale Elementary

Summary

Address
10690 Learning Lane Allendale MI 49401
Size
125,000 SF
Type
Education
Definition
New
Budget
$17.5 Million
Date Completed
08/31/2004
Description

With intense growth in the district and pressure on the current facilities, the challenge of this project was to deliver a new elementary campus for grades K-4. The resulting goals developed through participation from the staff, administration, and the community during the design process included designing a small school setting for 1,000 students, designing efficient and effective spaces, providing quality, durable materials and master planning the site for multiple buildings.

To meet the objectives, the team created a building uniquely designed as two small, separate elementary schools under one roof. To provide economy, the buildings share the cafeteria, food service, gymnasiums, resource rooms and student services spaces. The 80-acre site was planned to accommodate up to four buildings. Site amenities include playgrounds for each building and for kindergarten, play fields, a centralized bus drop-off, wetlands enhancement not only for storm water management but also a three-phased plan for curriculum development, and connection to the residential neighborhoods to the north.

The exterior features timeless brick and sloped roofs. The building envelop is designed with a high thermal resistance. Interior spaces are clad with concrete block, porcelain tile and other durable materials. A heat pump mechanical system and geo-thermal well field for cost effective energy usage with a system payback projected within four to six years.