Cornwell Architects partnered with Diekema Hamann (DHAE), of Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, to design a new school for TCAPS in the existing Eastern elementary location, using 21st Century learning principles. A two day “visioning” session which included input from parents, teachers, administration staff as well as the community resulted in a design concept with an open “learning commons” areas. In these areas, students from multiple grade levels can explore project assignments individually or in small groups. The School has (24) classrooms on two floors; the upper grade level classrooms have sliding glass walls that open directly to the Learning Commons areas.
Cornwell Architects was the Architect of Record for the project and was responsible for all project team coordination. Cornwell and DHAE collaborated on schematic design, design development and construction documents with Cornwell providing construction administration services.