School Design for Resilience

  • Students in the Rockwood School District review proposed ideas from Sam Fox School students for a new elementary school design.
    Students in the Rockwood School District review proposed ideas from Sam Fox School students for a new elementary school design.
  • Site model by student Wendy Stradley.
    Site model by student Wendy Stradley.
  • Hall Perspective by student Matthew Rutledge.
    Hall Perspective by student Matthew Rutledge.
  • Model by student Julia Phillips.
    Model by student Julia Phillips.
  • Site map analysis by student Erin Darnauer.
    Site map analysis by student Erin Darnauer.
  • Front elevation by student Tianna Williams.
    Front elevation by student Tianna Williams.

Schools are integral to children’s learning experiences while also serving as hubs in communities, particularly in the face of natural or man-made disasters. Resilience is defined as the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. In this studio, students approached the challenge of designing educational facilities for resilience, incorporating resilient design standards and including an evaluation of shocks and stresses to the building.

The proposed site is located in the Rockwood School District in Eureka, Missouri, the fastest-growing municipality in St. Louis County. Due to growth in student enrollment, Eureka has plans to increase the number of educational buildings in 2018 by adding the New Eureka Elementary School as well as a STEM addition to one of the four high schools. This expansion provided an opportunity to propose a building that would respond to the resilience needs of not only the building but also of the Eureka community.

Students conducted a deep investigation through mapping, research, and analysis of the context of the community. They engaged directly with stakeholders including teachers, administrators, and students in the district. They also completed a precedent analysis to look at how schools all over the world have been designed for resilience and student learning.

Their final proposals addressed the programming needs of the school and students while creating community spaces and considering the resilience needs of the community. The final work was exhibited at the Center for Creative Learning in Ellisville, Missouri, and shared with teachers and students at the school.

The following students participated in this course:

Ashlee Cooksey
Erin Darnauer
Max Glazer
Julia Phillips
Matthew Rutledge
Wendy Stradley
Tianna Williams
Ryan Wilson

Partners

Rockwood School District
FGM Architects