FORT BRAGG, NORTH CAROLINA
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.
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
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.