Replacing an obsolete 1950’s era facility, the new Summit Drive Elementary School blends new technology with the familiar concept of a neighborhood school. The school includes many elements of the old, while integrating new opportunities in the arts, sciences, and multi-media communications. The building incorporates a South Carolina geography lesson, with bold tile patterns in the entrance tower and historic, painted wall murals reproduced from the old building.
The capacity is designed for 600 students, with an initial population of 450 students. The core, with its media center and dining/assembly room, is easily securable for after-school events. The classroom wings are connected to the core by means of glassed-in corridors through and over intimate gardens. The gardens, in turn, are designed for PTA and class projects and provide places for instruction, beauty, and personal enjoyment.