Barkley Elementary (DoDEA)
Fort Campbell, KY
2014 USACE Chief of Engineers Building the Future Award for excellence in sustainability, 2014 USACE Chief of Engineers Honor Award for design, 2013 New Construction/Addition Outstanding Project Award from Learning by Design Magazine, 2013 Works in Progress Citation Award from the American School and University Magazine
Oculus, Inc. believes that a school building can act as a teaching tool; just as much as a blackboard or computer. Couple this passion for creating a safe learning environment with the requirements of multiple project stakeholders (school administration, DoDEA, DDESS, Woolpert) and you have the foundation the Barkley Elementary project.
We addressed the educational needs of Barkley Elementary’s students, all of whom are the children of military families, through comprehensive interior design services including signage and wayfinding, and furniture, fixture, and equipment selection, placement, and overall school layout. Our goal was to instill a sense of community and inspire creativity in the school’s children while also meeting DoDEA 21st Century School standards and achieve an overall LEED rating of Silver. Instead of covering up ceilings with traditional drop-ceiling fixtures, the plumbing, electric, and mechanical systems were painted to display their differences. The recycling area has a place to display different uses for recycled materials.Parts of the school’s walls feature removable canvasses to promote artistic creativity throughout the year. The main finish of the school has a neutral hue in order to allow different displays and educational themes to take prevalence. The end result is a physical space that prioritizes the mental capabilities of its inhabitants thus improving the lives of the students, their families, and, by proxy, the military.