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  Carlin Springs Elementary School, Page 22Carlin Springs Elementary School
Grimm + Parker Architects
1355 Beverly Road, #105, McLean, VA 22101

Arlington, Virginia
Total Square Feet: 88,521
Construction Period: June 2000 to Sep 2001

Construction Team
Construction Manager: Hess Construction - 704 Quince Orchard Road, #105, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
General Contractor: Meridian Construction Co., Inc. - 15932 Shady Grove Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Structural Engineer: McMullan & Associates, Inc. - 8381 Old Courthouse Road, #350, Vienna, VA 22182
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Strickler Associates, Ltd. - 9900 Main Street, #300, Fairfax, VA 22031
Landscape Architect: Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani - 6715 Whittier Road, #300, McLean, VA 22101

Carlin Springs Elementary School is Arlington’s first new school in over 20 years. It reflects diversity and the international background of its growing community. 

Carlin Springs is a K-5, 600-student school. The school’s program includes: High intensity language training rooms, English as a Second Language Rooms, Reading Recovery Clinic, and Extended Learning Areas for group instruction; Special Education and Resource Rooms; General Administrative services including offices for social workers, psychologist, occupational and physical therapists, counselors and speech therapists; 3,000-square-foot Media Center with separate technology instruction center; Dining Room with direct access to Performance Area for Instrumental and Choral Music; and a 4,100-square-foot Gymnasium designed for use by the school and the community.

The school theme is “Making a World of Difference”. The student body scheduled to relocate to this facility was made up of students from over fifty nations.

The facility is divided by “Main Street”, a central corridor that connects both entrances and separates public, noisy functions from instructional, quiet areas.

Main Street is the jewel of the program: a two story, skylit space, punctuated at each end with entrance towers. The space provides ample opportunity for display of student work and connects to the Student Gallery and open courtyard. It also created a wonderful opportunity to accent the global character of the school with flags of over fifty nations.

A curving central stair leads to the Media Center entrance. This grand stair is walled around one side with tiles made by students. Each tile is decorated with a three-dimensional handprint cast into tile and painted. The painted hands are representative of the many cultures and nationalities among the students.

Dynamic canopied entrances projected into Main Street invite students to the Cafeteria and Gymnasium. The global theme, elements of nature, themes and colors are used to denote mountains and sea, earth and sky for orientation throughout the building.

Each facade has a focal point map illustrating different hemispheres of the globe, furthering the international connection for all the students.

Carlin Springs Elementary School shares a 33.5-acre site with a middle school and County playing fields. The middle school is located on the eastern portion of the site and fronts a busy commercial road. Playing fields occupy the northern and western portions of the site. Carlin Springs Elementary is located on the southern portion.

Parking and parent drop-off traffic enters from the quiet residential street to the south. Bus traffic circulates through a bus loop entered from the busy commercial road to the east. This way, bus and small vehicular traffic are kept separate, with quiet traffic on the residential streets and bus traffic on the commercial road.

DIV 07: Metal Panels: Protean Construction Products; Standing Seam: Merchant & Evans. 
DIV 08: Windows, Entrances & Storefronts, Curtainwall, Sun Shading Devices: EFCO Corporation.
DIV 09: VCT: Armstrong; Carpet: Lees; Wood Flooring: Connor Sports Flooring; Resinous: Dur-A-Flex, Inc. 

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