The new facility is designed to support two grade structures in a “school within a school” format: K-1 in an Early Learning Center, and 2-5 as an Elementary School. The design provides individual, small-, medium- and large-group learning areas; however, promoting every space in the facility as learning space, areas traditionally used as corridors additionally are designed to function both as connectors and learning spaces.
A primary goal for the facility is creating a focus on literacy and learning in a non-standard learning environment. In response, the design places the media and technology center at the core of the facility with all other functions radiating from it.
The new facility minimizes disruption to the existing site and is sited to allow for green space between the building and the existing roadway. Old growth trees were maintained where possible and the facility will use the nearby creek and watershed for hands-on learning for students within the riparian buffer.
The new facility joins an existing campus that encompasses the middle and high schools. The “educational village” concept promotes connectivity with this existing educational community, and allows for shared resources such as roadways/bus loops, walkways, parking, and playing fields.
Phoenixville Early Learning Center and Manavon Elementary School
Early Childhood School/Elementary School
Learning Staircase Leading to the 2-5 Grade Wing