Woolpert and our joint-venture partner are designing a new 175,000-square-foot elementary school for 820 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Part of the DoDEA’s massive 21st Century program, this unique new school boasts an innovative design and flexible, adaptable learning spaces. Among the creatively designed spaces are a central courtyard, tatami room for host-nation education, information center, common area, performance stage and art rooms. The new school is being designed for LEED® Silver certification and incorporates DODEA’s 21st Century Educational Facilities Specifications.
Woolpert’s design encompasses special requirements for buildings in Okinawa, Japan, including local materials, construction practices, corrosion issues and earthquake and typhoon standards. Technology is also a major design component, with power and data infrastructure strategically located throughout the building to support the latest educational tools. Additionally, plans call for an energy dashboard to educate students and visitors about electricity usage, water consumption and renewable energy produced by a small photovoltaic array.