Heritage Elementary

This new 500 student Pre K-4th grade elementary school was designed for a growing community. The project includes eight classrooms for each grade, special needs classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, music room, media center, and a computer lab, as well as administrative spaces. A curving spine element provides the main circulation corridor off of which the classroom “fingers” radiate. A defining, dynamic glass entry element honors Tahlequah’s Cherokee Indian history as an abstracted representation of the Cherokee sacred fire, a symbol of the culture’s unity and strength. The structural system for the classroom wings consists of metal roof trusses, steel beams, and exposed cantilevered concrete columns. The remainder of the projects consists of structural steel framing; precast panels and glue-laminated wood were also utilized at the entry tower element of the building.