College Park Elementary SchoolWilmington, NC This new 80,349 SF elementary school for New Hanover County Schools accommodates 595 students. The prototype design, successfully implemented at Porter’s Neck Elementary School, offers an economical, functional floor plan and building systems. The project included demolition of an outdated elementary school and careful planning to adapt the plan to existing context and site features. The load-bearing masonry structure and metal stud wall framing help to reduce building costs, and the infrastructure is designed for future expansion. The new school features single-story administration and assembly spaces, and a two-story classroom wing. A welcoming entry lobby celebrates the school’s owl mascot with a canopy of leaves, and the interior color palette is tailored to the K-5 environment.