Barkley Elementary School is one of the first schools designed under the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) new 21st-century education charter, an initiative that seeks to provide modern learning environments that facilitate a wide range of educational and instructional techniques.
Designed by Woolpert, the new school will house 740 students in approximately 142,000 square feet. Targeted for completion in 2016, the new learning center replaces its 1955 predecessor with construction materials and high-performing systems that will consume one-third of the energy of comparable buildings. The design team incorporated multiple elements that support 21st-century education philosophies, including harvesting natural lighting, utilizing a geothermal HVAC system, employing a thermal envelope to boost insulation performance and using solar energy for water heating.
An energy dashboard, photovoltaic array, tubular daylighting, LEED signage, visible mechanical room and green roof area provide numerous opportunities for the integration of sustainable systems into the school’s curriculum.
Woolpert provided architectural; interior design; civil, structural, MEP and geotechnical engineering; acoustics; and surveying services for the project. We are currently providing construction support for the duration of the project.
This industry-leading project is the winner of the following awards:
• USACE Design Honor Award
• USACE Building the Future Award
• Chief of Engineers Awards of Excellence
• Learning by Design Outstanding Project Award
• American School & University Works in Progress Citation Award