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  Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School, Page 34Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School
Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf, Inc.
334 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Avondale, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 88,037
Phase I Construction Period: Dec 1999 to Feb 2001
Phase II Construction Period: Jul 2000 to Sep 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Target General, Inc. - 3036 E. Greenway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032-4414
Structural Engineer: Caruso Turley Scott, Inc. - 2702 N. 44th Street, #200, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Sullivan Designs, Inc. - 7878 N. 16th Street, #270, Phoenix, AZ 85020
Landscape Architect: Laskin and Associates, Inc. - 5112 N. 40th Street, #202, Phoenix, AZ 85018

The Litchfield Elementary School District No. 79 (LESD), located in the Sonoran Desert, on the outskirts of Phoenix, has experienced exponential growth throughout the past several years and will continue to expand for several more years in the future. The District#s building program has been one that promotes community and staff involvement and encourages participation in its building design programs. Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School is located within the west valley planned family community of the same name, and is based on a previous version of the school completed in 1999.

The award winning campus design has been successful both functionally and aesthetically for the community, and will serve as a prototype for consecutive schools. The District intends to modify and site adapt the design to meet each individual community and site requirements. 

Rancho Santa Fe School gives special importance to the notion of collaboration and its impact on how children learn. The kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school has the advantage of a direct relationship to the residential community it serves, as well as being able to draw upon the features of an existing city park on its southern border.

The Design Team was challenged with creating a cost effective version of the previous campus (Palm Valley Elementary) and incorporating modifications. Meetings with the District Design Team helped determine important issues and resulted in a plan that contained important elements to the Litchfield Elementary School District that fit within the available budget. 

The educational program features general classroom areas and the media center contained in one centralized complex organized around a central courtyard space which functions not only as social gathering space but an #outside classroom#. The classroom building is divided into six pods, each containing five classrooms and an adjoining group workroom. These classroom pods surround the media center and courtyard for ease of accessibility. 

Completed in September 2001, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School will serve the needs of the Litchfield Elementary School District for many years.

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