ECC & Elementary:
The new 4,500 SF Early Childhood Center (ECC) addition to Fordland Elementary School replaced a dark and overcrowded trailer that previously housed the Fordland ECC. The ECC design incorporates bright paint and floor colors and transparent classroom doors, which provide a fun, open and flexible learning environment for the students. The ECC addition was designed as a FEMA tornado Safe Room. Designing the building as a Safe Room allows it to not only serve as a school facility for students, but also serve as a safe place for the students and the surrounding community during high wind events. This project also incorporated renovations to the existing Elementary School administration area, which includes a centralized new nurse’s office, break room, conference/flex room, offices, as well as a new reception area with a secure entry vestibule. The renovations not only provide an updated administration area, but also increase the level of security for the school and help provide a safe environment for the students. New entry canopies were designed to provide covered entrance to the school while also acting as way finding elements to the main entries and giving a fresh face to the school.