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D/B Price Package: 21st Century ES

Ft. Buchanan, PR

Zyscovich, in conjunction with a contractor, completed a design-build price package for a new LEED Silver, 21st century elementary school to replace Antilles Elementary School on the Ft. Buchanan Guaynabo base. Our design concept for this design-build pricing package was based on an understanding of the character of the surrounding community, the technical challenges of the immediate site and the inclusion of safe and sustainable strategies for site development to create a welcoming new 21st century learning environment, symbolic of good citizenship and the rich tradition of the installation as the “Sentinel of the Caribbean.”
A compact site design was achieved through the provided approved two story building plan to maintain all required field adjacencies, parking and the bus loop.  Exterior learning courts and paths were created for students to complement all curriculum areas through project based teaching modalities. The wide brimmed sloped metal hip roofs, asymmetric balanced façades and light textured stucco building outlines are prevalent in the surrounding architecture of public buildings and the installation guidelines. Our utilization of these familiar forms, regionally appropriate architecture and highlight of glazed areas were designed to make students and parents feel comfortable and at home in their learning environment while the defining a clear notion this is a 21st century school for 21st century learning.

An amazing resource for students and faculty is the unique environment in which the school would be situated. The inspiration of the natural environment can be a powerful element in connecting project based learning to the STEM program, sustainability and the wide range of age groups that would utilize the school. Zyscovich therefore proposed to use the El Yunque Rain Forest and its diverse ecosystem elements of water, land and air as a back drop to integrate exciting learning environments and an interactive curriculum. Floors, walls and ceiling finishes were designed to be purposed to theme the Yunque central spine of the school as a rainforest with the use of color, texture, applied graphics, signage and light. From the Yunque the three classroom wings would be themed as a water, land and air components of the ecosystem.  Opportunities for ‘soft’ social skills to be acquired through casual meetings and spontaneous work sessions at a larger, multi-purpose common area were created at the Yunque, corridors, exterior classrooms, and learning hubs. Every element of the building and site was intended to create an opportunity for learning, thus expanding the area of the classroom to all areas of the campus.
 
Sustainability: Designed to Achieve LEED Silver

Services: Design-Build Pricing Documents to include Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design, 21st Century School Design, AT/FP Design, LEED Design
 

Zyscovich, in conjunction with a contractor, completed a design-build price package for a new LEED Silver, 21st century elementary school to replace Antilles Elementary School on the Ft. Buchanan Guaynabo base. Our design concept for this design-build pricing package was based on an understanding of the character of the surrounding community, the technical challenges of the immediate site and the inclusion of safe and sustainable strategies for site development to create a welcoming new 21st century learning environment, symbolic of good citizenship and the rich tradition of the installation as the “Sentinel of the Caribbean.”
A compact site design was achieved through the provided approved two story building plan to maintain all required field adjacencies, parking and the bus loop.  Exterior learning courts and paths were created for students to complement all curriculum areas through project based teaching modalities. The wide brimmed sloped metal hip roofs, asymmetric balanced façades and light textured stucco building outlines are prevalent in the surrounding architecture of public buildings and the installation guidelines. Our utilization of these familiar forms, regionally appropriate architecture and highlight of glazed areas were designed to make students and parents feel comfortable and at home in their learning environment while the defining a clear notion this is a 21st century school for 21st century learning.

An amazing resource for students and faculty is the unique environment in which the school would be situated. The inspiration of the natural environment can be a powerful element in connecting project based learning to the STEM program, sustainability and the wide range of age groups that would utilize the school. Zyscovich therefore proposed to use the El Yunque Rain Forest and its diverse ecosystem elements of water, land and air as a back drop to integrate exciting learning environments and an interactive curriculum. Floors, walls and ceiling finishes were designed to be purposed to theme the Yunque central spine of the school as a rainforest with the use of color, texture, applied graphics, signage and light. From the Yunque the three classroom wings would be themed as a water, land and air components of the ecosystem.  Opportunities for ‘soft’ social skills to be acquired through casual meetings and spontaneous work sessions at a larger, multi-purpose common area were created at the Yunque, corridors, exterior classrooms, and learning hubs. Every element of the building and site was intended to create an opportunity for learning, thus expanding the area of the classroom to all areas of the campus.
 
Sustainability: Designed to Achieve LEED Silver

Services: Design-Build Pricing Documents to include Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design, 21st Century School Design, AT/FP Design, LEED Design