In a recent article published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, two contractors were chosen to build the Kingsolver-Pierce Elementary School at Fort Knox, Kentucky. RS&H is the architect for the project and designed the 115,000-square-foot facility that will replace and consolidate two older elementary schools and accommodate 635 students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Construction will begin in June and is expected to be completed by November 2015.
21st Century Education is the emerging model for realigning traditional classrooms into ones that accommodate different modalities of learning, such as virtual learning, one-on-one learning, and/or collaborative learning. With that model in mind, RS&H designed the facility to house learning hubs with flexible studios, a central commons area with performance stage, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and many other features.
The school will utilize a geothermal heat pump system, solar water heaters, clerestory windows, and solar tubes, as well as photovoltaic powered parking lot lights. With these sustainable elements and others, the facility is on track to earn LEED for Schools Silver certification.
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