Design for Belgrade Elementary

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In the Belgrade NewsSchools unveil design for new elementary:”

Belgrade School Board members looked over preliminary designs for a $12.4 million proposed elementary school Monday night. Funding for the building will be decided by voters in a March 1 mail-ballot election.

Architect Ben Lloyd of Bozeman-based Comma Q Architecture, Inc., said the 60,000-square-foot structure will accommodate 450 students. The plans call for two floors and a total of 23 classrooms, a full size gym and other amenities…

Belgrade Elementary School- sketch, scheme D

…The school is designed to be built north-south on land north of Belgrade Middle School, and rather than a traditional hallway design with classrooms coming off the halls, the plan calls for “pods” that incorporate small group rooms clustered between classrooms.

The school would have four “pods” containing two to three small group rooms, where students can be broken off from the classroom, Lloyd said. The pods are centered around open areas that include additional space for instruction. The design also has an outdoor classroom that educators could incorporate into science-type lessons.

Technology will be incorporated throughout the building rather than “having wires hanging from the ceiling,” Lloyd said.

The plan separates the classrooms from the gym, cafeteria, library and building support rooms. Administrative offices would be clustered by the entryway, with the classrooms stretching to the north.

The design sprang from meetings held by school stakeholders from trustees, administrators, teachers and parents, Lloyd said.

“There’s a lot of stuff in this building,” he said.

PDF of Belgrade Elementary: Project Goals and Design ConsiderationsBelgrade Elementary:
Project Goals and Design Considerations
Prepared by Comma-Q
(2M pdf)