Choosing to renovate and expand vs. tear down and build new, this small but growing school district in eastern Kentucky renewed the Campbell Elementary School through a phased program of improvements and growth for grades K – 3. The project was divided into two phases, which included renovation of an existing classroom wing and a cafeteria and kitchen addition.
The cafeteria was oriented to take advantage of northern daylight and makes use of the limited site. Expansive glass floods the space with daylight and frames views of the rail yard, Ohio River valley and hills in the distance. On sunny days no artificial lighting is required.
While designing for energy efficiency was critical, creating a healthy learning environment was just as important. The combined improvements in energy, sustainability and health awareness have even led to a shift in menu planning towards healthier food preparation and selection for students. The project was completed in 2010.