Liberty Elementary School

Ottumwa, IA

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Front entrance of school
Circulation Corridor
Art Classroom
Cafeteria with abundant daylight
School gymnasium
Media Center with windows feature
Exterior view of Media Center

Working with frk architects + engineers, the Ottumwa School District developed a master plan determining that three outdated elementary facilities would be combined into one new school. As the first new facility built in the District since the early seventies, the new elementary was an opportunity for the district to explore the latest in educational delivery methods.

Designed for 2nd through 5th grade students, the design responds to the district’s and community’s desire to keep the feel of a smaller school by utilizing the Small Learning Community concept.  Each grade level is organized in Learning Communities composed of eight classrooms surrounding a shared common space for collaboration and small group breakout. The additional education space, as well as each Community’s proximity to the Media Center and conference spaces, allows for a high level of flexibility and easily adapts to the District curriculum.  The facility design also emphasizes the importance of daylighting and sustainable technologies.

Design Insight

Responding to the district's and community's desire to consolidate into a more efficient model but keep the feel of a smaller school.