Trace Elementary School

Additions & Modernization | Completed 2009

The classroom building is designed as two asymmetrical wings connected by a curved joint at the corner which houses the main entry, administration, and teacher’s lounge and work room. This corner element addresses the public way with a two story atrium accented by a blown-glass “rose” sculpture set in a round clerestory window, and a series of custom “rose medallion” light fixtures. The “rose” refers to the neighborhood and is paired with a second blown-glass sculpture hanging in the two-story space. The exterior expression of the building as a “bed of flowers” is heightened by use of multi-colored tile wainscots, window accents, and rounded shade elements.
The classrooms are single loaded, and open to the inner courtyard in a two-story walkway system which is accented by a decorative railing system using waterjet-cut metal panels with wire “flowers” and a steel cable “sunrise” motif. The inner corner is set off with a triangular overhang strung with a steel cable lattice.
Artik also updated the existing Theater/Multi-Use Building with an addition that included raised indoor & outdoor stage areas, theatrical productions systems, light grids and a production sound system