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Mountain View Elementary School

Rockbridge County Public Schools
Lexington, Virginia

Located in beautiful Rockbridge County, Mountain View Elementary School is surrounded by mountain vistas. Spectrum Design approached the redesign of this elementary school to capture the views when possible and to create a learning environment that would support teachers and students. The existing school, that educates preschool to fifth grade students, was completely gutted and renovated. Careful planning was required to phase the renovation and new addition, since the school remained fully operational throughout construction. The administrative area more than doubled in size giving the faculty a new administrative suite that contains private offices, a conference room, guidance offices, record storage, in-school suspension spaces, ample storage and a large lobby. The existing gym/cafeteria was converted to a new media center featuring the latest in technology, as well as a large, ground to ceiling window to showcase the mountain views. The media center has a workroom, librarian office, and conference room. The former kitchen, adjacent to the media center, is now the computer lab. The old library was converted into classrooms, increasing the number of classrooms by three. A new music room was also added through the renovation. All other classrooms were renovated, and teacher support areas were added with plenty of paper and supply storage along with new staff toilets and individual instruction spaces throughout the building.

A new gymnasium/cafetorium and kitchen were designed to not only give school access but community access as well. Support and storage spaces, toilet facilities were also added. The design configuration of the addition created a new outside classroom giving children the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a safe and secure courtyard. Planting beds and a gold fish pond providing hands-on learning for students. The design also included a new loading dock and new exterior canopy system to protect children from the rain during their arrival and departure from school. The entire school is air-conditioned, including the gym and the latest in technology and data access is available throughout the building.