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JLG Architects

Grand Forks, ND

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Discovery Elementary School

Grand Forks, ND



Discovery Elementary School is leading elementary educationaldesign with the integration of the Professional Learning Centers (PLC’s) forgrades 1-5. The PLC’s allow students and teachers to modify their collaboration spacesto best suit their needs and teaching styles. The PLC’s were designed with maximum flexibility so that the student’s needs can be metas teaching styles and technologies evolve and advance from large groupsessions to small group breakouts. Ultimately, resulting  in a stimulatinglearning environment that adapts to and enhances the student’s learning experience. Another key aspect to the success ofDiscovery Elementary is the integration of daylighting throughout all areas of the schoolas a multitude of studies show that students and teachers excel in healthyenvironments that have ample daylighting. Through extensive discussions with thestaff and School District, daylighting was carefully studied so as toevaluate where the most effective window placement could be while minimizingany locations for potential safety concerns. In conjunction, Discovery ElementarySchool is one of the first elementary schools in the region to introduce LEDlighting throughout the entire facility. When natural daylighting is not sufficient, LED lightingsystems have been designed to provide additional illumination. This marriage of systems, is providingthe owner with a highly energy efficient design that is minimizing energycosts.


One of the main concerns that we heard from the School District and staffwas the overwhelming concern for student safety during drop off and pick-up times. Through thoughtful planning, an enhanceddrop off & pick-up area was designed to be extremely efficient for parentsallowing quick and easy movements to drop off and/or pick up students. Bus traffic is routed through aseparate site entrance thus keeping kids safer entering and exiting the schoolgrounds whether it be by car or bus. 


  • Location: Grand forks, nd
  • Postal code: 58201
  • Phase: Complete
  • Budget: $15,600,000

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  • Sep 08, 2016

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