The primary need for the addition at Burchfield Elementary School was due to overcrowding. The design objective was to conceive a project that would replace the existing gym and cafeteria and at the same time add additional classroom space. As with most projects of this nature, the school had to remain in normal operation during construction which drove the location and layout of the new addition. Scott County stressed their need for a cost effective design solution that would be durable and efficient to maintain. Improved vehicular circulation was a high priority of the project.
Construction for the project was planned into two phases. The first phase included all the site work and the new building addition. Once the new addition was able to be occupied, the existing gym, cafeteria and library were renovated. The old gym was repurposed into a playroom for the younger students. The old cafeteria was transformed into a new library. The old library was easily converted into a computer lab. The floor plan of the new addition is simple, yet effective. The classroom wing of the addition was given proper solar orientation with window exposure to the north and south. The gym and cafeteria are accessed from a large lobby. The full size gym has seating for 600 people along both sides of the court and a raised presentation stage.