StoneBridge Elementary School|
Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, P. A.
4400 Old Canton Road #200 Highland Bluff, Jackson, MS 39211
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Mar 2008 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 77,580 Site: 16.2 acres. Number of
Buildings: One/Elementary school, 45 classrooms with 1,478 seating
Building Size: Education area, 45,064; kitchen, 3,805; dining,
4,698; library, 3,437; business, 3,431; storage, 1,420; corridors &
total, 77,580 square feet.
Building Height: Varies 13’ to 24’; total 24’. Basic
Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: Brick. Roof: Modified Bitumen. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Civil/Structural Engineer: Spencer-Engineers, Inc. - 2675 River
Ridge Drive, Jackson, MS 39216
Mechanical Engineer: Atherton Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 1900
Lakeland Drive #1, Jackson, MS 39216
Electrical Engineer: Watkins & O’Gwynn Consulting Electrical
Engineers - 4523 Office Park Drive, Jackson, MS 39206
Kitchen Consultant: Futch Design Associates, Inc. - 8966
Interline Avenue, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70809
General Contractor: Fountain Construction Company, Inc. - 5655
Highway 18 West, Jackson, MS 39209
In August of 2009, the Rankin County School District (RCSD) opened its
newest elementary school to students in Brandon, Mississippi –
StoneBridge Elementary School.
In 2007, the School District was approached by the Green Hills
Development Corporation with the idea to incorporate a new elementary
school into its mixed-use development project known as "StoneBridge".
During the initial stages of planning, the StoneBridge developer felt
that a school facility incorporated into the project might be key to the
overall success of the development since it could serve as a buffer
between residential and commercial parcels. Located along the newly
constructed Mississippi Highway 18 corridor, the development was within
a high growth residential area, therefore the need for additional
classroom space was high. The Green Hills offer to donate property to
the RCSD for their next school complex was welcomed by the School
Upon accepting the offer, the School District immediately began planning
the StoneBridge School. Strategically located within the development,
the school was placed on a corner parcel with approximately 16 highly
visible acres of land. The site receives full benefit of a four-lane
divided boulevard with paved sidewalks that extend into the residential
properties nearby. The automobile and bus traffic enjoy access from
separate streets, which enhances student safety and improves both
drop-off and pick-up times for parents.
The building features a central lobby to serve as a hub from which to
enter the administrative suite, cafeteria, library, or classroom wings.
This hub can be closed off from classroom wings in the evenings to allow
scheduling of community functions after hours while denying access to
the classroom areas.
The 3-classroom wings provide educational space for 900 2nd and 3rd
grade students with 36 standard classrooms. Each classroom has its own
storage closet, student cubicle area, teacher's work counter with sink,
and plenty of built-in cabinet storage for educational materials. All
classrooms also have interactive smart-board technology and a teacher
amplification sound system.
The exterior facade treatment benefits from the strategic placement of
the recessed exterior window areas and the use of three different colors
of brick. The brick banding and classroom rhythm relieves the building
of a typical classroom block to create an overall composition between
the project's academic and support functions. In keeping with the design
theme of the overall development, the use of stacked stone was
incorporated into the building entrances and permanent signage.
Energy efficiency was also a primary focus of the design process. All
glazing is insulated to reduce thermal heat gain. Teachers have
individual control of heating and air conditioning. This access is
governed by a fully monitored building-energy management system. The
building's lighting system is motion-detector activated with time
managed automatic shut-off. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and automatic
valves are used throughout the building.
Overall, the StoneBridge Elementary School is a shining example of
developers, designers, and a community coming together to meet a common
Hard Tile: American Olean, Crossville
Sheet Vinyl: Mannington Assurance II™
Rubber Base: Johnsonite
Carpet: Mohawk - Flooring supplied & installed by
Commercial Flooring of Jackson, Mississippi
Low Flow Toilets & Urinals: Kohler
Flush Valves: Zurn
Sensor Faucets: Zurn