Meadow Ridge Elementary is a new school serving 700 PK-5 students for the Wayzata School District. Designed as a split entry that provides access to both floors and modernizes safety measures, the facility clusters five classrooms and a specialized Kindergarten classroom around a shared resource area that extends learning from the classrooms. Movable glass walls in the shared resource areas generate the sense of openness to foster collaboration. The design also dedicates spaces for preschool as well as before and after school programs.
A next generation media center positioned as a commons off the main entrance features a technology bar for students. The light-filled cafeteria doubles a gathering space for large groups and the gymnasium features a regulation-sized basketball court with operable divider walls for large and small class flexibility.
The layout of the site separates parent pick-up and bus drop-off areas to maximize efficiency, and the site features an outdoor playfield, softball field, and hard and soft play areas.