Graphic of entrance to new GW school

Grant Wood Elementary Project

The Grant Wood Elementary School project adds a new school to the site. The school will open in fall of 2018.

New Grant Wood Elementary School Fact Sheet | Brochure | Article

Milestone & Schedule 3-20-17 |Grant Wood Schematic Design & Budget Update 4-3-17

Drawing of the front side of the new Grant Wood Elementary - 1st floor and lower level
Front of New Grant Wood Elementary

Project Info

GRADES - PreK - 5

SECTIONS - 3 (Previously 2)


450+ (Previously 350)


62,500 SF (Previously 37,000 SF)

Classrooms - PreK - K : 1,000+ SF | Grades 1-5 : 900 SF (Majority of previous classrooms were

700-750 SF)

Gymnasium - 6,000 SF (Previous cafeteria/gym 3,500 SF)

Commons - 3,100 SF (Previously no commons area)


Many multipurpose areas

Energy-efficient HVAC system

More space devoted to student learning needs

New school to be built behind the old school; when construction finishes, the old school will be demolished for adequate parking and green space.

Drawing of the back side of the new Grant Wood Elementary
Back of new Grant Wood Elementary

Highlights of New School

  • Design incorporates 21st century learning concepts into more traditional school design
  • Glass “Innovation Spine” separates grades 1-5 and PK-K wings, fills corridor with natural light
  • Innovation Spine includes commons, learning stair, library, STEM and makerspace
  • Makerspace supports robot building, hands-on science, and learning through discovery; space includes work areas with device plug-in, markerboard tables, and writeable wall space
  • Learning stair off entry welcomes spontaneous gathering and presentations; stair leads to lower level commons/cafeteria
  • Library’s large glass walls overlook playground and Duck Creek
  • Flexible breakout areas outside of classrooms support small group instruction
  • Multiple storage areas throughout building

The design of the new elementary school provides much needed improvements in learning areas for all students. Classrooms are significantly larger, breakout areas are located throughout the building, and large areas have been designed for small group work as well as adult learning. The spine of the building features a 21st century conference area designed as a multipurpose space.

Floor plans for the 1st and 2nd floors of the school
New school floor plan