Coleman Partners Architects designed Park Elementary School with the goal of being the first “21st Century Elementary School” in the parish. An integral part of this design was the creation of a “schoolhouse” for each grade comprised of classroom clusters around a central collaborative area. Each schoolhouse was given its own color for wayfinding purposes. These colors were then organized along the corridors following the order of the colors in the light spectrum. Warm colors were placed on the second floor to symbolize that heat rises. This made navigating the corridors simple and intuitive and began to introduce science concepts to the students. Coleman Partners used commonly available flooring materials in unconventional colors to create a vibrant and functional design.
Partnering with Armstrong and Mannington, as well as Soundseal, Virco, VS America, HighPoint, and Steelcase, allowed the design team to achieve a cohesive color identity for each schoolhouse that extended beyond paint to include colorful carpeting and VCT. Each schoolhouse color even extended into customized classroom furnishings and acoustic treatments to create a visually striking educational environment.
The educators and students have fully embraced their new school, with teachers reporting that their students appear to be “more relaxed and attentive” than ever before.”