location
100 Pendleton Place
Lexington, VA 24450
size
53,804 SF
completion
October 2016
cost
$12.5 Million

Harrington Waddell Elementary School aims to provide a contemporary replacement of the demolished school, originally constructed in 1926, while exhibiting a modern interpretation of the legacy building’s aesthetic.

The facility features classrooms for grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as a state-of-the-art media center, middle-school-sized gymnasium, full-service cafeteria, two computer labs, as well as art and music classrooms.

Each classroom is equipped with interactive projectors, allowing more flexibility in the use of classroom white boards. Ample daylighting is provided via high ceilings and windows in every classroom, and daylighting controls are implemented for reduced energy use and more efficient operations.

One of the unique features of the building is the severely-sloping site on which the building is located. Due to this, the school consists of three floor levels, all connected by a grand stair in the central entry lobby. A full-height window wall at the grand stair allows light to enter the lobby at all levels, and creates views to the surrounding neighborhood.

The school is also utilized as a community center, bringing citizens together for all manner of activities after school hours. As such, the access control system has been designed to allow the building to be secured in flexible ways; allowing access to some parts of the building for public events, while preventing access to others.

These design elements, as well as many others, created a 21st century learning environment, and a place to bring area residents together. The school building is a symbol of pride and community for the City of Lexington, much like the original school building has been for the last 90 years.

location
100 Pendleton Place
Lexington, VA 24450
size
53,804 SF
completion
October 2016
cost
$12.5 Million