Paragon Architecture and Sapp Design Architects created a flow for the new facility that enables efficient daily operations. For example, many Williams Elementary students walk to and from school. So, the architects decided to place an exit for walkers near the cafeteria, which is where they wait in the afternoon before dismissal. Additionally, this exit sits conveniently near the footbridge that students use to cross Kearney Street.
To select finishes, Patrice McDonald, interior design project director at Paragon Architecture, worked with Cheryl Doran, who recently retired from Sapp Design Architects as a director of interior design. The two curated a light-filled interior with pops of orange, blue and green. “SPS has a palette of approved accent colors, so we chose the colors that we felt were most fitting for this particular project,” McDonald says. “We wanted some contrast, so we chose blue and orange. We also wanted to incorporate calming colors, so we also went with natural greens.”
The building also features multiple collaboration spaces that classes share. Between the communal spaces, cheerful colors and abundance of natural light, the two design teams created a school where Northside learners can thrive.