Location: Salem, VA
This K-5 project began as a feasibility study to renovate and build new additions to the original South Salem School built in the ‘60s. The community affectionately referred to it as the “little round school” because of its circular floor plan. However, the circular floor plan posed several challenges such as lack of daylight for interior spaces and a disorientating circulation pattern. RRMM concluded that it was more cost effective to replace the school.
The design for the new building was built directly behind the circular school on an aggressive 16-month schedule. The new design oriented 90% of the classrooms for daylight harvesting, separated the drop-off areas for buses and cars and located playgrounds in secure, highly visible areas.