Murray McNair, Fort Bragg
This new school consolidates and replaces 2 existing outdated facilities, and will serve students in grades pre-K through 4. The school is organized into “learning neighborhoods,” each containing 4 studios around a shared hub. The neighborhoods are connected by an active “learning street” with abundant natural light, student work displays, and access to rooftop outdoor learning areas. An adaptable Activity Commons at the heart of the school provides adaptable high-volume space for activities, dining, and performances. Flexible furnishings and areas designed to accommodate a variety of uses will encourage multiple learning modalities. The design incorporates 21st Century School concepts such as flexible learning spaces, technology immersion, and environments to support performance-based learning
Sustainable outdoor learning spaces include a vegetable garden, a composting station, rain barrels, interpretative signage, and a weather station. Renewable electricity from photovoltaic panels will offset 5% of the building’s annual energy consumption, and solar water heating will meet 30% of the daily demand.