Northwest Elementary School
The 92,912 s.f. Northwest Elementary School facility is designed with a STEAM focus, as the building and curriculum will reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math themes. Labs for life science and technology are provided among the K-5 classrooms. And, with a courtyard layout, an educational pond feature is proposed for valuable life science and biology lessons secured safely in the center of the building.
Relocating from an existing K-5 elementary school built in the 1970s with ongoing heating/cooling issues and a non-secure open-plan layout with acoustic difficulties, a new one-story masonry school is being designed on a brownfield site a few blocks away. Reusing the former Bethlehem Steel site recaptures valuable land back into the City of Lebanon through an important community use.
With a separate secure entrance, the community will have access to the gymnasium (sized for practice with a PIAA court) and to the “cafetorium,” which features three tiered levels for cafeteria use and a raised platform stage for play and music performances.
As part of sustainable design, a key contributor to pursuing to LEED gold certification is incorporating a geothermal system with a central plant in this K-5 school.