The Arnold community recently celebrated the grand opening of the brand new GWWO-designed elementary school.
The two-story replacement of Arnold Elementary School was built into the hill on the western portion of the existing bus loop/drop-off between the grassed recreational field and the loop. The differing floor elevations make use of the slope to allow for at-grade access at the front as well as at the back of the building.
The building consists of three wings attached to a two-story central core housing the administration and student support spaces on the first-floor level and media center spaces on the second-floor level. Two of the wings will house the core instructional program spaces and the third wing will house the specialized instructional programs, including the art, science, music, and before/after care programs, as well as the larger functions such as the gymnasium and cafetorium. The two core instructional program wings were built into the hill and the specialized instructional program wing is located on grade. The 565-student school is pursuing LEED Silver certification and incorporates many sustainable design features.