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Anthony Elementary School

Travis Willson while at HTK Architects

Anthony Elementary School Additions and Renovations

Client: Leavenworth USD 453

  • gymnasium
  • additions
  • FEMA 361 shelter
  • cost control

Anthony Elementary had been built in the 1950s and did not serve the needs of 21st-century learning environments, more space was needed, and the existing exterior was uninviting.

Our solution was to build an addition along the entire facade of the building, adding valuable space while also providing a new appearance. The facade addition included a new library, secure entry, and administration offices.

Classroom additions were also made to the rear of the building, creating four new classrooms, that together formed an approved FEMA 361 shelter. The classrooms were uniquely designed to fit into the rest of the exterior design while meeting the strict 361 guidelines. Windows were designed with FEMA-rated lock-down shutters and mechanical systems had to be carefully coordinated as well.

The rest of the building received all new interior finishes, lighting, HVAC, and window and roof replacements. Through smart planning and competitive bid alternatives, we were able to construct a gymnasium addition to the rear of the school. This created a new space for physical education and performances while also allowing the existing gymnasium to be solely used as cafeteria space, allowing for the implementation of district-wide healthy schools programs