Located on the site of a previous 1960’s middle school, the co-located Maryvale Elementary School / Carl Sandburg Learning Center is a new 165,000 sf facility designed for two student populations. The Maryvale Elementary School, designed for 600 K-5 general education students, is placed at the north end of the site in a two-story configuration centered around a courtyard. There is an eight-classroom flex space on the second floor, located so that it could be used for future expansion of either school’s program. The Carl Sandburg Learning Center, designed for 150 special education students, is a single story centered around a courtyard on the south side. The co-location of this special education program allows for mainstreaming opportunities into the general education classrooms.
The project achieved LEED Silver certification through a combination of transportation access; energy performance; selection of low-emitting, local, and recycled materials; and construction waste management.