James A. Garfield Elementary School

James A. Garfield Local School District

Hasenstab Architects provided architectural services, as well as structural and civil engineering, for additions and renovations to the James A. Garfield School District Elementary School. As part of a design-build team, Hasenstab designed a 17,000 square foot addition, a new kitchen configuration and associated equipment within the existing school, and renovations to the administrative area.

The addition includes 12 classrooms to accommodate grades 5 and 6, as well as special education classrooms, toilet facilities, storage, and a professional development center. Paired science rooms allow sharing of utilities and storage. The professional development center design allows for full or partial use of the space and after-hours security from the rest of the building to allow for maximum flexibility.

The kitchen re-design introduced an additional serving line to separate younger and older students, and new equipment for both lines. Additionally, new dishwashing equipment and ovens enhance the overall food service operation.

The administrative area design includes a more efficient staff space with the incorporation of new front-door security, allowing positive identification and control of all visitors to the school.

There were several challenges to overcome during the design phase of the elementary school addition. Due to limited site space and parking, the building had to be sited to effectively manage the concerns of traffic circulation, parking capacity, and site drainage. Due to particular sensitivity to storm water runoff in the area, and the additional hard surface created with the project, a system of underground storage tanks for stormwater was designed under the parking lot to manage site water in a controlled manner.

The project’s funding, in the form a grant, necessitated an eight month turnaround from initial design to completed construction, in time for the start of the 2014 school year. Design and construction periods were therefore reduced to half of their normal length through close communication between Hasenstab, the builder, the client, and reviewing agencies. Multiple project packages were produced to allow an uninterrupted flow of design, approval, and construction. Particular consideration was given to the selection of construction materials and methods to facilitate the rapid pace of the project.

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