Lorewood Grove Elementary School represents a best-of-class learning environment for the students of the Appoquinimink School District. At 95,764 SF and two stories, Lorewood Grove houses 840+ students in grades one through five, many with the unique opportunity to walk to school from the planned community of Whitehall. From the beginning, EDiS Company and design partner Gilbert Architects envisioned the school as an integral component of “new urban” design for livable spaces, one that supports 21st century learning in a warm, interactive STEM environment.
The interior spaces and classrooms of Lorewood Grove reflect the imaginative application of both form and function. Easily transformed to support small, medium, or large-scale academic undertakings, the building supports creativity without sacrificing any of the client’s budget, capacity, or time. For example, the multi-purpose cafeteria that also serves as an auditorium and a gymnasium. Lorewood Grove’s classrooms are also uniquely organized into groups of four, with a pod or group room in the center of the four classrooms. The pod can be used for a small gathering of students to get more individualized attention in a subject or used so classes can work together collaboratively. Additionally, a multi-purpose outdoor stage was incorporated in the school’s design, focusing on the arts while serving as an expressive space with any number of alternative uses.
Classrooms were designed and built to include the latest educational technology aimed at maximizing the experience of each student. All of the 36 light-filled classrooms feature a Smart TV and wi-fi access for tablets, computers, and audio enhancement devices. Maker spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, and learn as they engage in science and engineering from an early age.
Knowing the school would have a dedicated maker space and such a high level of technology was very exciting. I am so proud to have a maker space in which our students can get creative with high level problem solving while getting their hands dirty.
Our BIM (building information modeling) processes save owners’ time and money by solving issues before they happen using high-tech processes that deliver a virtual experience within the planned building design.
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