Kelly Lane School

Nestled in a rural setting the existing school was a nondescript ‘50s building. By adding 33,000SF and renovating 27,000SF NCA created a state-of-the-art intermediate school with a welcoming entry and facilities scaled to young children. New facilities to include a gymnasium, music room, art room, science room as well as new classrooms to serve grades 3 through 6.

The gabled forms reflect the neighborhood’s agrarian context and house the administration office, media center, and renovated cafeteria signified by a clerestory at the intersection. The painted exposed roof trusses within the media center brought openness and warmth to the center. The existing murals were retained during the renovation and the location of new murals were a part of the design process. With the wrapping of the new addition around the existing building, a wonderful courtyard was created for students and teachers to enjoy. The courtyard was designed with areas for class sessions as well as individual sitting.