Wilson Wims Elementary School
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- 91,000 sf, 740 students
- New Construction
- LEED Gold Certified
- 2014 G+P Green Apple Day of Service Site
Progressive learning: connected and collaborative.
Evolving the prototype, Wilson Wims Elementary School is a new school situated in a newly developed town. But this facility is more than just a repeat of a successful school design. Wilson Wims represents the best of 21st Century education by supporting a connected student body and a community of learners in a collaborative, active learning environment.
The school’s main feature is a 2-story media center that visually links to the ourdoor courtyard. This core learning and gathering space highlights many features that are prevalent in the design overall: abundant natural daylight, flexible furniture, and state-of-the-art technology.
Carefully planned sightlines and the extensive use of glass allow daylight into all of the school learning environment. These features, combined with flexible furniture reconfigurable for project-based learning and varied groupings, increase student engagement. Technology is integrated throughout the school, with smart boards, tablets, and robust connectivity supporting the learning styles of digital natives.
The school also promotes environmental literacy through its visible sustainable features, such as a sundial, lighting controls, dual flush toilets, and most significantly the green roof, which covers 75% of the building. The school’s interior courtyard also provides outdoor classroom space to learn about the natural environment. In addition, educational signage ensures that students know the whats, hows, and whys of their sustainable school.