Developed from an existing building prototype and designed in tandem with Davidson Elementary School, Maplewood replaced a historic, community-centric facility. The prototypes were adapted to have parity but each showcase unique features representing the students who call it home. The front entry features a grand canopy with lighted exterior signage welcoming visitors and serving as a community front porch. Daylighting floods the main commons and two-story media center through purposeful clerestory and large windows. The commons serves a number of multi-purpose uses for the school, as well as for community events and meetings.
Active corridors in each grade-level neighborhood include tinker spaces, flexible furniture and technology, giving students and educators a choice in their learning space whether it be for small group instruction or individual study. Bold colors in each neighborhood provide natural wayfinding, as well as a sense of identity for each group – for example the Teal Town neighborhood has inspired t-shirts and student and teacher pride. SPED students are supported by autism rooms, resource rooms, OT and PT spaces and sensory walls with tactile patterns. Additionally, a large playground and two outdoor classrooms provide a connection to nature and the surrounding community.
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