Pana Elementary School

Pana CUSD #8 | Pana, Illinois

 

A new Elementary School was proposed to help the district replace the approximately 80,000 s.f. of outdated, non-functional, and rigid elementary spaces housed at Lincoln (3-5) and Washington (PK-2). The new unified PK-5 facility will allow for best-practice education design to be implemented in an approximately 65,000 s.f. facility, which will save the district 15%-20% square footage and create efficiencies across the board.

The plan can be broken down into two main zones. The first, is the public and shared use areas. These include the building admin office, art, food service, commons, and gym on the first level. On the second floor, it includes a secondary admin area located near the 3-5, music, and the library/media center and STEM areas.

The second zone is the educational zone. This is organized with the PK-2 located at the first floor, with 3rd -5th grades housed on the second floor. K-2 and 3-5 wrap around the East-South-and West sides of the central gym providing quick access to and from that area.

Features
  • Public and shared use spaces
  • Educational zones
  • STEM
  • Library/media center
  • Commons
  • Gymnasium
  • Environmental Branding
The Challenge

Pana's outdated and non-functional buildings, Lincoln Elementary (3-5) and Washington Elementary (PK-2), held back the growth of the educational program.

The Solution

By creating a shared PK-5 environment the district has more efficiency overall in both learning and shared spaces. The flexibilty of this new space also allows for program growth for the future.

The new unified PK-5 facility will allow for best-practice education design to be implemented in an approximately 65,000 s.f. facility, which will save the district 15%-20% square footage and create efficiencies across the board.
Branding to engage students.

A welcoming school vision with vibrant colors and graphics is featured throughout the building. ​

Zoned education spaces are color coded for wayfinding.