ADG designed an elementary school for one of Oklahoma City’s southern neighborhoods. The new school is named Martin Van Buren Elementary in honor of the school that had occupied the site years ago. The 38,000-square-foot building provides a learning environment for 350 students (pre-school through fifth grade).
The entrance tower on the northeast corner of the site creates a recognizable landmark in this neighborhood of modest homes. The new school building contains special classrooms for art, music and special education. The facility also houses a media center with a computer lab, as well as a gymnasium, cafeteria and stage. A large skylight is located above the entrance lobby that spans the library wall, as well, ensuring that the areas are filled with natural light throughout the day.
Interior materials are durable, bright and playful. Color makes an impact throughout. Custom-patterned vinyl tile floors, two alphabet block columns and bright yellow tile benches, that are integrated into the curving library wall, bring cheer to the lobby area. On the exterior, rugged building materials were used such as brick and concrete block, aluminum windows and sealed concrete columns.
The patterns, colors and rhythm of the architectural features, make the school a vibrant center for learning.