Helman Elementary School Library
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Helman Elementary School Library Addition

Ashland, OR

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Designed in association with DLR Group Architects, the Architect of Record.  At Helman Elementary School, the staff was committed to promoting a healthy environment for the development of students and the entire school community. However, the small, dark library room and cafeteria-turned-gym were not complimentary to the staff’s efforts. For the design and construction team, this proved to be a perfect opportunity to incorporate a “healthy building” philosophy into new library and gymnasium facilities. Both the gymnasium and library buildings were positioned on the site to facilitate a central courtyard that encourages interaction among students and a sense of community on campus. In addition, the siting of the library provides optimum day-lighting throughout the reading room with the use of clerestory windows and overhangs that compliment the sun’s seasonal path.