Elementary School Provides Uplifting Academic Environment
Sweeney Elementary School is a 650-student, K-5 public school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its entire student body is comprised of children from low income, economically disadvantaged households, and 59% of its students are designated as English language learners. In a situation like this, school can hold even greater meaning for a community, because there are few other services readily available to residents. Our firm designed a long-term master plan to bring cohesion to the campus and plan for future growth. The 25,000 square foot addition to the existing school is the first phase of the master plan. The addition provided new general classrooms, an art room, a science room, and a music room. The project also included renovations to existing classrooms, a multipurpose room, computer lab and offices.
Future phases of the master plan will improve grade cohesion and campus circulation by creating classroom clusters, so similar grades will be grouped together and share resources. These clusters are planned to use circulation space—hallways and passages—as informal breakout spaces, where students can sit, socialize and study. A new student gallery will complement existing art and science rooms, and the kindergarten wing will be provided with multipurpose space for large indoor group activities. A comprehensive circulation plan connects these areas with the rest of the school and improves sightlines, which allows better oversight for all students, both indoors and outdoors.
Structural Engineer: Chavez-Grieves Consulting Engineers; MEP Engineer: M&E Engineering; Landscape Architect: Design Office; Civil Engineer: Morey Walker & Associates Engineering