Following a March 23 symposium to gather ideas for a new Marshall Elementary, planning teams of staff members and architects translated the key themes into architectural concepts and designs. On March 25 they unveiled three concepts for a new, larger school.
The following illustrations are artistic conceptual drawings only. They do not reflect final school design plans.
Concept 1: A global village
Because 21st-century learners live and work in a global community, this concept imagines Marshall as a learning village where students embrace diversity, feel a sense of belonging and invest deeply in their learning. The concept is designed for core groupings of 20 kindergarten through fifth-grade students and a teaching staff who work together throughout the students’ entire Marshall experience. Groups of three families share a neighborhood, and two neighborhoods make up a village. Each village offers flexibility through moveable walls, outdoor access, makerspaces and private restrooms. Villages also feature glass-walled conference rooms, staff rooms and small rooms for quiet work. All workspaces have abundant natural light, natural air and integrated technology tools. The center of each village serves as a gathering and lunch area. Villages are connected by a circular hallway, which opens into a central courtyard where the entire school can meet.
Concept 2: Inside out/outside in
This concept brings the outside in and extends the inside outward. Natural materials used throughout create a sense of calm. Natural light is captured through large glass areas and movable walls that open to the outside.
An arts center is a gathering place for students and also is designed with moveable walls. A second story includes a multipurpose outdoor space.
The hub of the school community is a courtyard. The space has natural seating and natural structures. Every element can be played on, in and around. Students can gather here to learn, play and socialize. Teachers may access the area via large moveable walls in classrooms that open into the courtyard. An amphitheater serves multiple purposes—learning environment, performance space, play space for students and community event area.
Concept 3: A place of experiences
This concept imagines a star-shaped design with five points, or wings, that extend from a town square with an indoor/outdoor eating area and gathering place. At the entrance is an inviting lobby from which families and the community can access the office and Family-Community Resource Center. The FCRC is connected to an outdoor community space shared with McLoughlin Middle School.
Student-driven spaces used in connections with community partners attach each point of the star to the town square. Each point allows access to the outdoors. All classrooms are flexible spaces that can facilitate one-on-one instruction and also accommodate up to 60 students. Within each point is a multipurpose makerspace that adjoins an outdoor lab/learning environment. As a place of experience, the outside has components including courtyards, covered structures, playgrounds, courts/fields and a community park/garden.
The planning team presented their ideas to the school’s staff and the community to gather additional feedback. An extensive review and planning will assess feasibility and affordability and hone the concepts into more detailed plans. To stay up to date with the latest Marshall information, subscribe to the Re: Schools e-newsletter.
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In March 2015, the district conducted an informal online survey about district facilities needs. More than 1,500 respondents—parents, students, staff members and the community—told VPS how its buildings and properties could be improved and suggested schools that should be rebuilt. Ongoing symposia and staff, parent and community presentations are providing input on school designs. This input helps district leaders assess facilities needs and plan for the future.
Many VPS schools are slated to be rebuilt or significantly renovated. Every other VPS school will receive upgrades.
Proposed funding for the work is a bond measure that could be on the ballot in February 2017. However, the district’s board of directors must first approve the measure before it can appear on the ballot.
The community last approved a VPS bond measure in 2001. That bond helped replace or build Eisenhower, Franklin, Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Sarah J. Anderson and Washington elementary schools and Thomas Jefferson Middle School.