Jacoby Architects was tasked with programming and designing a new state of the art educational facility that serves both preschool and elementary (K-6) aged students with a variety of sensory disabilities, in Springville. The new 31,000 S.F. facility houses a variety of spaces including: specialized classrooms for blind and visually impaired / deaf and hard of hearing, a deaf-blind classroom with added sensory and mobility considerations, therapy spaces, sensory spaces, library space, gymnasium/cafeteria with performance space, life skills demonstration area, training room, audiology clinic, and administration spaces. Site features for the project include sensory gardens, tactile playgrounds, traditional playgrounds, exploration nature path around facility, and accessible nature path around facility.
The layout is organized around a central spine flanked by classrooms and a courtyard on each side. The spine separates the preschool and elementary courtyards and classrooms to accommodate developmental needs, but by placing the gymnasium at the heart of the building, sliding doors are incorporated, thus allowing the space to open up to both courtyards when desired. This school incorporates yellow as the focal color, and utilizes a large board-formed concrete wall slicing through the building not only as a wayfinding /textural element but as an opportunity to create entry courtyards to bring the scale down and focus the senses.
December 14, 2016