NORTHWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Lebanon School District – Lebanon, PA
Relocating from an existing K-5 school built in the 1970’s with ongoing heating/cooling issues and a non-secure open-plan layout with acoustic difficulties, a new one-story masonry school is being designed on a brownfield site a few blocks away. Reusing the former Bethlehem Steel site recaptures valuable land back into the City of Lebanon through an important community use.
This 92,912 sf school facility is designed with a STEAM focus, as the building and curriculum will reinforce Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math themes. Labs for life science and technology are provided among the K-5 classrooms. And, with a courtyard layout, an educational pond feature is proposed for valuable life science and biology lessons secured safely in the center of the building.
With a separate secure entrance, the community will have access to the gymnasium (sized for practice with a PIAA court) and to the “cafetorium,” which features three tiered levels for cafeteria use and a raised platform stage for play and music performances.
As part of sustainable design, a key contributor to pursuing to LEED gold certification is incorporating a geothermal system with a central plant in this K-5 school.