Hocking Hills Elementary School|
TRIAD ARCHITECTS, LTD.
784 Morrison Road, #B, Columbus, OH 43230
Total Square Feet:
Dec 2002 to Aug 2004
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Jezerinac Geers & Associates, Inc. - 5640 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: RW Setterlin Building Company - 4678 Larwell Drive, Columbus, OH 43220
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: National Engineering, Ltd. - 784 Morrison Road, Columbus, OH 43230
Tucked away in a picturesque setting close to the Hocking Hills State Park, the new Hocking Hills Elementary School site is characterized by rolling hills and tree-lined streams.
The building combines an assortment of brick and split-faced block along with clerestory windows and pitched roofs of various heights. Its main entrance features a vaulted ceiling and clerestory lighting, which both help establish the building's warm feel. Adjacent to the entrance are the administrative offices. Their location strengthens supervision and security capabilities and also provides convenient access to parents.
Grade levels are separated into two academic wings, with grades PreK-2 in one wing and grades 3-5 in the other. The school's media center is located in the center of the academic area and near the main entry, providing easy access to all grade levels. Adjacent to the media center is a central computer lab, which is designed for compatibility with the future addition of wireless technology.
The community and district both expressed a desire to locate high volume areas away from classrooms. In response, the school's gymnasium, student dining area and music suite are found towards the back of the building. Their location allows for community use during afterschool hours while the academic wings are secured.
To make the elementary school more functional, its design includes an operable wall, which separates the dining area and the gymnasium. The wall serves as a divider, but when opened, can provide a large-volume space for school assemblies and events. The student dining area also includes an elevated stage and a tiered ceiling to provide quality acoustics for school performances.
DIV 05: Metals: Nucon Steel.
DIV 07: Metal: Dimensional Metals; Built Up: Carlisle Syntec; EIFS: Dryvit; Sealants: Karnak Corporation.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America; Windows: Traco.
DIV 09: Carpet: Lees, Dupont.