Heritage Elementary

Crafton Tull provided services on a new 500 student Pre K-4th grade elementary school designed for a growing community. The project included eight classrooms per grade, special needs classrooms, a cafeteria, gymnasium, music room, media center, a computer lab, and administrative spaces. A curving spine element provides the main circulation corridor off of which the classroom "fingers" radiate. A dynamic glass entryway honors Tahlequah's Cherokee Indian history as an abstracted representation of the Cherokee sacred fire, a symbol of the Culture's unity and strength. Metal roof trusses, steel beams, and exposed cantilevered concrete columns compose the structural system for the classroom wings. The remainder of the project consists of structural steel framing. The entry tower of the building features precast panels and glue-laminated wood.