Davis School District needed a school designed to support high-quality and collaborative instructional practices in a setting where aspiring educators from local universities could observe, train, and collaborate with elementary school practitioners. In addition, the replacement school required the existing elementary maintain operations while the new facility was constructed. This created challenging site constraints and required a creative and thoughtful approach to phasing and design that still resulted in a cutting-edge facility.
Fielding collaborated with district leadership, city officials, university partners, and schools stakeholders and practitioners to identify site constraints and priorities while keeping an exemplary student experience at the center of the design process. Through multiple building and site configurations, Fielding helped the District select the optimal strategy. A building shape that could improve solar energy collection and maximize views to the surrounding mountains, while providing safe and secure ingress and egress, combined with a site location that would preserve existing city park amenities and improve parking and traffic flow was identified and contributed to the project’s success.
The new school provides collaborative teaching and learning spaces for educators and students; an experiential training ground for new educators and local university faculty; and, new recreation, performance, and inquiry-focused environments for the community to enjoy together.