Location: Norfolk, VA
This two-story, kindergarten through 5th grade facility serves as a replacement school for the original Ocean View Elementary School, which was located on the same site. The design for the new school is characterized by a one-story Common Use Area and a two-story Learning Communities Area. The Common-Use Area houses programs that are universal to all grade levels such as the media center, physical education, cafeteria and gymnatorium. The Learning Communities Area consists of classrooms grouped together by grade level. The first floor houses kindergarten through 1st grade, while the second floor houses 3rd through 5th grade. Each grade level is further broken down into a grade level “house” that consists of general classrooms, small group breakout spaces, science and exploratory labs, prep rooms, storage rooms, and teacher workrooms.
Many sustainable design elements are incorporated into the building to minimize environmental impact and maximize energy efficiency. Sustainable elements include daylighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems and selective building placement on the site to take full advantage of sun exposure. A web-based software system that students and teachers can use to monitor the building’s energy consumption was also included in the design. This project was completed as part of a PPEA with SB Ballard Construction Company, and was designed with The Livas Group.