Columbus Elementary School

Significant renovations and additions help the Columbus School District better serve its K-5 students and adapt to the growing student population.

Need: Accommodate the increase of student enrollment and address aging infrastructure

Solution: Expand and renovate the facility as well as upgrade building systems

Result: An ADA accessible building with additional spaces for the cafeteria, secure entrance, and 2-court gymnasium

Open SGI furniture with flexible furniture at Columbus Elementary School

Fact Sheet

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A Like-New School

Columbus School District partnered with Bray for extensive additions and renovations at the elementary school, serving K-5 students. We expanded and improved the community areas, including the library, gymnasium, and cafeteria which has floor-to-ceiling windows. Our team integrated 21st-Century learning features throughout the facility, such as shared collaborative areas, small group instruction rooms (SGI’s), and a makerspace.

The outdoor classroom extends the learning space into the courtyard that includes tiered seating with integrated education planters.

Courtyard with outdoor classroom teaching steps at Columbus Elementary School
Cafeteria with stairs to second floor visible at Columbus Elementary School

Biophilic Design

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Our interior design team creatively incorporated environmental branding throughout the school, integrating the school’s identity and mascot (a Cardinal) into spaces to create a sense of unity.

The biophilic design connects the interior spaces to the natural environment, especially in the cafeteria with abstract elements of trees, a lofted collaboration room that resembles a nest, and many illustrations of Cardinals on the walls.

Cafeteria with colorful acoustic panels on the wall and archway with school name

A larger Plan

District-Wide Improvements

The master plan for the district included updates to mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and site infrastructure to district facilities as well as improvements to the high school, such as a cafeteria addition with floor-to-ceiling windows and new collaboration spaces.

Gymnasium with exterior ample natural light through windows at Columbus Elementary School
Collaboration area for students to expand their classroom work into the space at Columbus Elementary School
Exterior of the main entrance at Columbus Elementary School

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