Valley View Middle School1313 South 208 Street
Elkhorn, NE 68022
Design Achievement - Unprecedented growth in this suburban community along Omaha's western edge created the need for the new Valley View Middle School. DLR Group's design encourages student engagement through hands-on learning and flexible spaces. Three classroom wings feature corner pods for each grade level - six, seven and eight. These pods consist of classrooms, storm shelters, science suites, and lockers and surround a central resource area for social gathering. Operable walls between classrooms open for team teaching sessions or large group activities, encouraging social development and maturity for all students. A fourth pod containing art, media, foreign language and industrial technology completes the square.
Scope Summary - The new 113,000 SF school accommodates Elkhorn's growing number of students in grades 6-8. The school includes spaces for athletic and extracurricular activities to promote a healthy body, mind and spirit. Dual, top-loading gymnasiums are divided by an operable wall that when open provides ample space for floor seating and performance space. Band and vocal music rooms are located close to the gym for easy access, as well as a wrestling and fitness area. Additional sports amenities include: a football field surrounded by an 8-lane, synthetic surface track; long jump, high jump and discus areas; 2 softball fields, one large and one small; one soccer field and a basketball court. A natural berm between the school and the fields creates seating. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, planning and interiors services for the project.