Centennial Elementary is a new addition to the Duschesne School District, built to accommodate student growth in the area, and represents a significant investment in student education for the district.
The school’s design is well planned, to maximize education and functionality. Using the layout, grade levels are set up in pods, with each of the classrooms connecting to main, common areas specific for that grade. This gives teachers the flexibility to work together, or separate, in instruction and management of their students. Multiple playground areas are also incorporated, giving the administration a way to separate age groups’ outdoor activities.
Community use of the facility was also considered in the design. It features a full, high school size gym with a stage at one end, and the cafeteria adjacent. A retractable wall is installed to separate the two areas for additional functionality. Hallways can also be closed off, allowing community access to central areas of the school while limiting access to classroom areas.
The building incorporates large window areas, allowing abundant natural light to reach the hallways and classrooms. The media center features a massive skylight, making it a bright and pleasant place for students and faculty. A unique feature that distinguishes this school is a large map of the United States painted into the polished concrete floor of the cafeteria.
The project consists of 28 classrooms, 4 kindergarten rooms, 1 preschool, 2 resource rooms, 2 computer rooms, music room, administration area with workroom, faculty lounge, and storage, media center, kitchen, cafeteria, and multipurpose rooms.