White Elementary School – USACE


This dynamic and flexible education environment, currently slated for completion in 2017, will be one of the first new 21st century schools for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). It’s the epitome of a collaborative design project. The design team at Elevatus Architecture was brought in to lead the design & architectural effort in developing and producing 100% ready-to-award construction documents along with another USACE/DODEA design-center A/E firm.

White Elementary School will boast seven learning neighborhoods with flexible learning studios situated around their own central learning hub. The 17-acre site’s 100-foot elevation change makes it possible to incorporate fun learning spots into the terrain, such as an echo wall, a dinosaur/fossil exhibit, and an outdoor learning amphitheater. The fact that “learning occurs everywhere” is demonstrated not only throughout the building, but throughout the building site as well.

Geared for 650 Pre-K through Grade 5 students, the school will offer ...

  • a variety of learning studios,
  • learning hubs,
  • art and music rooms,
  • computer labs,
  • a gymnasium,
  • a multi-purpose space with a stage and a kitchen,
  • an information center,
  • administrative offices, and
  • staff collaboration spaces.

This facility is further designed for LEED Silver certification and will consume 42% less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1 standard. Furthermore, sustainable energy systems such as photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, and rainwater harvesting will be incorporated as demonstration teaching tools.