Antilles Elementary School Design-Build RFP
RS&H provided the multidiscipline architecture and engineering to develop a design-build request for proposal (RFP) for a new elementary school. We performed an original planning charrette. In 2011, we modified the design to meet 21st Century Education curriculum. When the design was revised to meet the new criteria, our team spent time working with the Domestic Dependents Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) Area Service Center leadership to define goals. We also conducted presentations to the educators at Antilles to help introduce the 21st Century Education curriculum and define how a new curriculum would affect the new school design. Through indepth client interviews, the design team was able to develop a responsive and effective design-build RFP, which met 21st Century Education concepts while staying within budget and land resources.
The facility will be LEED Silver certified. Some innovative design requirements include a small demonstration-size green roof, photovoltaic farm, and wind farm. These provide students with outdoor learning opportunities, which are especially significant given the climate of Puerto Rico. Also, traffic circulation was a challenge due to the school site’s residential area. The final design will improve local traffic circulation and enhance safety for the students walking from adjacent housing areas.