Antilles Elementary School

RS&H provided the multidiscipline architecture and engineering to develop a design-build Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) using DoDEA educational specifications for elementary schools and 21st century school concepts. RS&H performed an original planning charrette in 2008, as well as subsequent design charrettes in 2009 and 2010, responding to site changes and program changes. In 2011, RS&H modified the design to utilize 21st century education concepts.

When the design was revised to meet the new criteria, RS&H spent time working with the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) area service center education leadership to define the curriculum goals. RS&H also conducted presentations to the educators at Antilles to help introduce 21st century education curriculum and define how a new curriculum would affect the new school design. Through in-depth client interviews, the design team identified spaces that could be reduced or revised.

One of the 21st century goals is to design a sustainable school to meet LEED® silver certification. The school includes sustainable items such as photo-voltaics, windmills, water recycling, low-flow plumbing fixtures, daylighting, and green roof. The green roof, located off of the second floor commons, allows the children to use it as an outdoor classroom and see it grow and develop into a sustainable part of the building.

The Antilles Elementary School is one of the first 21st century schools designed for the federal government. This school is part of a major program by DDESS/DoDEA to rebuild many of their schools worldwide to meet 21st century design ideals.

Project Information

Location:
Ft. Buchanan, Puerto Rico

Owner/Client:
DoDEA/DDESS

Delivery Method:
Design-Build

Construction Value:
$51 million