BIA Wingate Elementary School and Dormitories
Wingate, New Mexico
This K-8 boarding school for 845 students at Fort Wingate, New Mexico is the first new school in the area since 1966. The $37.4 million, 260,800-sf school includes an early childhood center, classrooms, science labs, a media center, computer technology classrooms, a cafeteria, a multipurpose gymnasium, locker rooms, storage, administrative services area, and family-style dormitories for the 650 Navajo students who live on campus. The school includes spaces for students to meet with on-campus cultural leaders to deepen their knowledge of Navajo culture, traditions, values, and language; an important aspect of the school's educational mission. VHGA worked with a Navajo cultural consultant to integrate Navajo cultural elements from site design and building orientation to building shapes.
Van H. Gilbert Architect PC served as the design architect and WH Pacific served as the executive architect.