Awards jury cites use of light, scale, and color within the school’s “beautifully-inspired sculpted interiors.”
The Woodland Elementary School was awarded the William W. Caudill Citation as the top-ranked K-12 entry in the 2017 American School & University Architectural Portfolio Competition.
Welcoming 985 students in grades 3-5, the Woodland School is one of the largest elementary schools in the state. To create a more intimate and home-like setting, HMFH worked with stakeholders to establish three distinct, small-scale communities with shared spaces rather than build a single monolithic building. A central three-story academic wing, with students in each of the three grades together on a single floor, is bracketed by a physical education wing on one side and a dining and arts wing on the other. The 133,000 square-foot project received a LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Educators can easily shift from classroom environments to large-group events, team
projects, and small-group work sessions, which allows a lot of flexibility to meet the learning styles of individual