Northeast Elementary

Farmington, NM

Farmington’s Northeast Elementary is a new two-story, 73,740 sf Pre-K through 5th grade replacement school programmed to support a student capacity of 600 students.

Initial feasibility studies examined six different schemes to determine if it was more cost-effective to renovate and build an addition to the existing school or build a brand new school to replace the outdated 56-year old building. Studies showed that a new facility would be more cost effective for the district. The new school was built next to the old school on the existing playground, allowing school functions to continue uninterrupted during construction. Dealing with a compact site, the two-story option was chosen to free up space for adequate parking and playgrounds.

The school’s design incorporates materials and elements responsive to the neighborhood’s architectural style as well as the old school that had a well-liked modernist classic brick schoolhouse aesthetic.