The Buel Elementary School

McMinnville, Oregon
Mahlum Architects, Architect of Record

LEED for Schools Gold Certifiation.

Richard Potestio was the project architect for this Mahlum Architects project. The building houses administrative offices, classrooms, commons, library and an outdoor covered play field.

Natural light and safety through supervision and visibility were key design considerations for this project. Windows are arranged to provide balanced light in classrooms and bright light in the public spaces. The classrooms are arranged in clusters with flexible group learning spaces incorporated into each cluster. Hallways, doors and stairways are designed to provide good visibility and therefore supervision and security.

The south facing covered play field is incorporated into the form of the building, providing a space that is also well suited to host school events.