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Prototype Elementary Schools
Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

1.Tierra Antigua Elementary School
2.Sunset View Elementary School
3.Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School

Anchored by a community based design process, the prototype school was designed utilizing High Performance Schools (HiPS) guidelines for energy efficiency. The design provides a kit of basic school components for 650 elementary students. The prototype fosters a neighborhood connection as the school’s components are arranged in various configurations to maximize the site and the exterior of each school integrates with the neighborhood through the addition of exterior details and colors.

The school is organized around a light filled central lobby. Core facilities include a media center with exposed duct work and trusses, an outdoor amphitheater nestled between the classroom wings, a cafeteria with a raised platform for performances, and a multifunctional gymnasium filled with natural light. All areas of the school can be secured and closed off to allow access to the gymnasium for after-school events or community functions. The Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom wing features its own drop-off area and secure playground.

Green design elements: east-west building orientation to maximize natural daylight, an efficient building envelope, solar collector system for hot water, high performance mechanical system, reflective roof system, increased insulation, high performance glazing, sunshades and light shelves. The combination of these elements reduces the schools’ energy consumption by an estimated 47%.

  • 2009 Outstanding Prototype Design, American School & University