creating places that work

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools

/ Park Elementary School

Baton Rouge, LA

Park Elementary School

Project Details


East Baton Rouge Parish School System,


76,000 SF

Completion Date:

December 2019

Project Overview

Design what will be the first school in the district to embrace the concepts and pedagogies of a “21st century school”

Ultimate flexibility of spaces and learning environments, a detour from traditional schools

Address the conflicts and contradictions that arise when new models replace old ones

Work with the owner and user to integrate furniture and technology into the design and concepts


AIA Honor Award

Rose Award

AIA Baton Rouge


Grand Prize Winner:


Starnet Commerical Flooring Design Awards


A 21st century school

The elementary school was the first in the district to embrace and integrate the concepts of a “21st century school”. With a focus on the end user, the design allows a diversity in learning environments, furniture for utility in use, the integration of technology, and light-filled spaces. The shift away from the traditional school model of isolated learning, limited student access, traditional libraries, and sameness required extensive engagement with the owner, staff, and students.

First floor:

Administration, grades pre-K-2nd schoolhouses, art and music classrooms cafeteria, gymnasium, media center

Second floor:

Grades 3-5 schoolhouses, science classrooms

Third floor:

Collaboration and Flexibility

This facility includes 23 classroom spaces organized by grade into “schoolhouses”. The classrooms within these schoolhouses are clustered around collaborative learning areas that can be used as breakout spaces for individual classrooms or may be used as a teaching space for multiple classes. The 21st century classrooms and collaborative areas have the latest technology easily accessible to students, encouraging research and discovery.

These spaces incorporate an abundance of natural light, openness, and transparency with goal of improving educational outcomes. The classrooms are flexible and allow for various grouping formats that best suit the lesson plan. Students may be organized in a group gathering area; aligned in a traditional model; or broken into small clusters depending upon the particular learning activity. The school offers several exterior learning environments including an out-door teaching area, an interactive water modeling feature, gardening areas and interactive acoustic music stations.

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