Beaverton Elementary School Prototypes16550 SW Merlo Road
Beaverton, OR 97003
Design Achievement - With projections tied to growth and need for long-range planning, a key component of Beaverton School District’s capital improvement program was to develop a successful elementary school prototype design. DLR Group’s design began with the identification of three significant criteria: housing up to 750 K-5 students, flexibility to fit on multiple sites, and responsiveness to district needs. A centralized commons serves as the heart of each school, with adjacent site connections and views. Typical prototype design standards were challenged and redefined in this unique, vertically-driven design which prioritizes daylight and fresh air, as well as easy separation of spatial typologies. Beaverton has committed to provide new capacity through projects such as the prototype elementary schools– keeping safety and security at the forefront of all planning and design. The resulting elementary prototype design is anticipated to be used on multiple sites. The first two schools opened in fall of 2017, and a third is under construction.
Scope Summary – Each Beaverton prototype elementary school is comprised of a central, great hall connecting the gym and commons to the surrounding visual administration, library, kindergarten, special education and external courtyard. The upper floor holds academic classrooms (grades 1-5), flexible common spaces, and teacher planning rooms - encompassing 88,400 SF in total. The building is designed to provide modern learning spaces with natural light, acoustic and thermal comfort, views of the surrounding area, and flexible teaching amenities adaptable to a wide variety of learning opportunities and educational practices. The ultimate goal of this prototype is to provide equity to the students and the community. Each design displays unique character and connection to its surrounding area through color choices, materials, and graphics. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, planning, interiors, and building optimization services.