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  McWillie Elementary School, Page 44McWillie Elementary School
120 North Congress Street, #110, Jackson, MS 39201

Jackson, Mississippi

Total Square Feet: 69,700
Construction Period: July 2001 to Jan 2003

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Harrell Construction Group, LLC - 368 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS 39157
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Structural Design Group - 220 Great Circle Road, #106, Nashville, TN 37228
CIVIL ENGINEER: CivilTech, Inc. - 5430 Executive Place, #2B, Jackson, MS 39206
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Andy Covington Engineering, PLLC - 7 Lakeland Circle, Jackson, MS 39216
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Gordin McCool, P.E. - P.O. Box 16488, Jackson, MS 39236
FOOD SERVICE CONSULTANT:Fisher and Associates - 1685 Galloway Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112

The McWillie Elementary School was built to relieve overcrowding for the Jackson Public School District. The facility was built on the site of an existing school building, which was no longer used. The existing building was removed to provide space for outdoor play areas.

A committee comprised of educators and community members was created to envision a flagship, prototype school designed to support the educational philosophy of "activity based learning."

The primary components of this 625 student capacity school are the Learning Houses, which divide the students into "families" of learners. Each house consists of five classrooms, a common family room with an adjacent group porch area, a project lab, and a shared teacher's office. A Montessori program housed in the facility occupies one of the Learning Houses, and the qualities of this specific learning experience provide defining architectural strategies for the entire school. Some of these features include expansive exterior views, ample natural light, multiple learning opportunities, and the vibrant use of color. From each classroom students can move freely outside onto a learning porch located in learning gardens. These gardens extend the learning environment to outdoor areas, and help define the overall mass of the facility. The use of color and professional artist installations are employed at prominent locations throughout the building, and student artwork is mixed with this professional art on display space along the Central Hall.

A dynamic exterior is created by the individual expression of each Learning House, as well as the Dining Hall and Administration/Discovery Center area. The masonry screen walls at each Learning Garden help to create a layered exterior of building forms, exterior spaces, and subtle material changes. The building strives to instill a passion for learning and teaching through its varied and stimulating environments.

DIV 07: Manufactured Roofing & Siding: Architectural Building Components; Built-Up: Johns Manville.
DIV 08: Aluminum Storefront Windows: Vistawall; Hollow Metal Windows, Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: CECO; Wood Doors: Oshkosh; Hardware: Corbin Russwin.
DIV 09: Metal Studs: Clark; Gypsum: National Gypsum; Carpet: Lees; VCT: Armstrong.
DIV 10: Operable Partitions: Hufcor.

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