Cherokee Lane Elementary School – LEED Silver
The new Cherokee Lane Elementary School replaces the original school built in 1962, which is approaching the end of its useful life. As part of a long-range plan to address an ever-increasing student population, it was determined that this site will be repurposed to serve a new high school.
The new school will be relocated adjacent to the nearby existing Buck Lodge Middle School site and have an SRC of 846 students. Separate entrances will be created off Buck Lodge Road to accommodate parent and bus drop-off and pick-up areas. The vehicular circulation at the middle school will be reconfigured to flow better within the site. There will be adequate shared parking between the two buildings. Playgrounds will be created as well as a multipurpose field. Stormwater management systems will be created for the new school and a stream restoration project will occur in a future phase.
The classrooms for each of the grades are grouped in a house configuration with supporting spaces and toilet rooms in a central core to create a sense of neighborhood communities and to reduce the overall scale of the school. The younger grades K–2 are located on the first-floor level and the classroom houses for grades 3–5 are located on the second level. Each house can be secured from the main corridor and public spaces.
The main entrance flows through a secure vestibule into the main lobby providing access to the gym, cafeteria, library, and classroom wing. The gym and cafetorium are centrally located off the main entrance for after-school use. The music rooms are adjacent to the cafetorium stage for practices and performances. Art rooms and the media center wrap around the perimeter to allow natural light and exterior views.
Construction will be a hybrid of on-site construction and permanent off-site construction methodologies. Approximately 67% of the school will be built with off-site construction. This methodology reduces the construction schedule as multiple construction activities can occur simultaneously. While foundations begin, everything but the gym, cafeteria and kitchen will be constructed off-site utilizing standard construction materials. This off-site work can be more closely controlled by the off-site construction company by using hand-selected contractors at their facility. Many of these same contractors will complete the installation of the units to ensure compatibility of all materials and systems.