Ayres architects collaborated with consultant Ted Rozeboom and Healy | Bender on the design of a new 108,000-square-foot, five-section elementary school for 750 students. The design for the Ellsworth School District’s new elementary school is based on a collaborative teaching model, with large common learning areas in each classroom wing to provide a variety of teaching and learning configurations. The cafeteria, media center, and gym are in the core of the building, well-suited for after-hours use by the school and community. State-of-the-art building technologies were also planned for, including LED lighting, a displacement ventilation system to ensure constant fresh air delivery, and a multi-level security system to keep the building and its occupants safe and secure.
Ayres also provided site/civil and landscape architecture services. Improvements include two new playgrounds to separate the older and younger students, a full size practice football field, and an event plaza with an outdoor classroom. Two new parking lots will provide ample parking for both the elementary school and the adjacent high school during events at the auditorium or nearby football stadium. Site circulation has been designed to improve student movement and ensure that all students will be safe as they arrive at and depart from school.