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Project: Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City
Client: Oklahoma City Public Schools//MAPS for Kids
Type: Elementary School Campus
Date of Completion: 2006
Construction Cost: $10,800,000
TAP ARCHITECTURE was selected to design the first elementary school constructed under Oklahoma City’s MAPS for Kids program. TAP communicated closely with a multi-faceted stakeholder group using graphic designs throughout the approval process to ensure clear understanding among the architect, the owner, the neighborhood and the users.
Designed within a tight budget and on an even tighter urban site, the elementary school can accommodate 900 students in grades K-6. The program includes 56 classrooms, athletic fields and a “cafetorium.” A Library and Media Classroom Center are located just inside the main entry, reinforcing these rooms as the true heart of the school.
This project allowed TAP to re-examine conventional thinking towards elementary schools as it faced the challenge to create an environment with boundaries needed by children, but with flexibility to respond to future needs.