Captain Kimberly Hampton Primary School – USACE

FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA

Partnering with Brasfield&Gorrie Contractors, and working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers–Savannah District, the architects of Elevatus Architecture created a new elementary school for the military families of Fort Bragg. This project definitively incorporates 21st century design principles. After being awarded it, the design-build team was tasked to re-invent the learning neighborhoods and educational environment to better match the needs and desires of a progressive-thinking educational philosophy.
 
The design is centered on ten academic learning neighborhoods. Each is structured to enhance staff and student collaboration and has the flexibility to accommodate a variety of teaching and learning styles. Essential elements of the school, which was designed and constructed on an active military campus, include high-performance learning features such as ... 
  • a central commons with a performance stage and Spanish stairs,
  • a dining area,
  • a gymnasium, and
  • a small black-box theater.

Typical school spaces – including an art room, a music room, computer labs, administrative offices, teacher workrooms, and a video production studio – work well when partnered with the learning neighborhoods.

The school is LEED Silver certified and uses renewable energy from solar panels as well as a wind turbine. The target goal: to achieve 40% energy efficiency. A partial green roof, energy-efficient lighting, and an energy dashboard not only contribute to that goal’s achievement  but also are referenced in the school’s curriculum – as a 21st century educational tool.