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Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

  • Client

    • Columbia Public Schools
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2009
  • Area

    • 90,842 ft²
  • Cost

    • $15,456,652

Design Achievement – Columbia (Mo.) School District commissioned DLR Group to design a new, 21st Century elementary school to alleviate overcrowding and address rising energy costs within the District. The design complements the natural surroundings and adjacent residential neighborhood. A transparent, two-story main entrance invites visitors into the facility, and provides extensive views of the wooded site beyond. The design comprises grade-level pods, each featuring a different interior design scheme related to the State of Missouri. The themes are the state bird (Bluebird), fish (Catfish), flower (Hawthorn), insect (Honey Bee), reptile (Box Turtle), and amphibian (Bullfrog). This approach promotes the State's heritage and emphasizes the natural wildlife and environment of Missouri. The grade-level pods are divided among four houses linked by a transparent circulation spine. This spine forms nodes between houses providing natural daylight and views to the woods. Classrooms surround discovery areas that provide the flexibility to facilitate group learning and project collaboration.

Scope Summary – The scope of this project encompassed design and construction of a new 90,842 SF elementary school. Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School serves 600 students from kindergarten through fifth grade. The design utilized a ground source heat pump, abundant natural daylighting, an energy monitoring kiosk, and regional and recycled materials. DLR Group provided integrated planning; architecture; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering; interiors; and landscape design services.

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

Columbia Public Schools