Grand Rapids Public Schools was looking to replace the original 1960s elementary school and in its place create a space that feels welcoming and stimulating to students, staff, and visitors. Being in an urban environment with a constrained site, careful consideration was taken to ensure the building addition and site work was designed to maximize the space available while keeping students and staff safe during construction. This two-phased construction began with an addition to the existing building which included 18 new classrooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria, music room, and media center.

With a growing preschool program, flexible classroom design allow instruction for preschool or grade school-aged students. Lower level classrooms were designed to be able to accommodate preschool students if the need arises in the future. One of the District’s goals was to have a space that could be used after school by the community. The cafeteria was planned around this need, with rooms adjacent if more space is needed. Once phase one was complete, part of the original building was renovated for administration offices, seven classrooms, an art room, and an updated secure building entrance. This project earned a LEED certified rating.

Buchanan Elementary School

Location Grand Rapids, MI
Size 47,200 sq. ft. Renovation & Addition
Status Completed 2018
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