Lorewood Grove Elementary School
Posted: February 26, 2020 | Projects
In 2016, the Appoquinimink School District of Town of Whitehall, Delaware embarked on the largest educational referendum in the history of the state of Delaware. Included in this referendum was the construction of Lorewood Grove Elementary School, Delaware’s newest educational facility. EDiS Company was chosen to provide construction management services for the project.
Photo Courtesy of Charles Uniatowski Photography
Lorewood Grove represents the future of school construction. Dedicated in Fall 2019, the 95,764-square-foot, two-story building has the capacity to house 840 students, and is centered within the planned community of the Town of Whitehall.
From the beginning, the EDiS Company and design partner Gilbert Architects envisioned the school as an integral component of “new urban” design for liveable spaces – one that supports 21st century learning in a warm, interactive STEM environment.
Like the new homes that surround it, Lorewood Grove shares a palette of brick, stone and siding with simple cornices, gables, mansards, and porticos in its massing. Students and community members enjoy a network of safe walking routes from a series of connecting neighborhoods.
Interior spaces reflect the imaginative application of form and function. Easily transformed to support small-, medium-, or large-scale academic explorations, the building supports creativity without sacrificing any of the client’s budget, capacity, or time.
Lorewood Grove’s classrooms are organized into groups of four, with a pod or group room in the center of the four classrooms. The pod can be used for a small gathering of students to get more individualized attention in a subject, or used so classes can work together.
Classrooms were designed and built to include the latest educational technology, and aimed at maximizing the experience of the student body. Each of the 36 light-filled classrooms features a SMART TV and Wi-Fi access for tablets, computers, and audio enhancement devices.
The design also allocated office space for a wide range of faculty positions, including library and media specialists, reading specialists, a school counselor, an interventionist, speech and language teachers, and a school psychologist. Space designed specifically for art, music, technology, world languages, and physical education specialists created a welcoming, safe space for students, as well as providing a rounded educational experience aimed at preparing children for the future.
Versatility was the key to Lorewood Grove’s design, demonstrated in the multi-purpose cafeteria that also serves as an auditorium and a gymnasium. Additionally, a multi-purpose outdoor stage was incorporated in this school’s design, continuing to foster a focus on the arts while serving as an expressive space with an endless list of alternative uses.
Specialized teaching spaces include a physical education area and a dedicated chorus and band space. Small group instruction and special education classrooms were all programmed in with the needs of the future student in mind. Spacious learning commons provide students with a place to gather, study, and create lasting memories with their classmates. An unusual inclusion in an elementary school, maker spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent as they engage in science and engineering.
The new school clearly presents a unique design that supports learning in a warm, interactive STEM environment that appeals to both students and educators.
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
110 S. Poplar Street, #400
Wilmington, DE 19801
Gilbert Architects, Inc.
626 N. Charlotte Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
Baker Ingram Associates
366 E. Main Street
Newark, DE 19711
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
650 Nammans Road
Claymont, DE 19703
VandeMark & Lynch
4305 Miller Road
Wilmington, DE 19802
5400 Limestone Road
Wilmington, DE 19808
Date Bid: Oct 2017
Construction Period: Jan 2018 to Aug 2019
Total Square Feet: 93,590
Site: 12.8 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 36 classrooms, seating 820, auditorium, gymnasium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 58,117; second floor, 35,473; total, 93,590 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14; total, 38’.
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Exterior Walls: CMU.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.