When the Explore! Community School opened in their new location in August 2019, the design of the urban K-8 school, grounded in project-based learning, presented a unique opportunity to provide community-oriented shared services. Nobody could have predicted that a pandemic, just months away, would test the value of the Nashville, Tennessee school’s flexibility in design to accommodate both student and community access.
With students as the primary design focus, it was important to provide a safe learning space, an open feeling within the school, and community services that would benefit the diversity of the school’s and surrounding community’s population. The 85,858 square-foot facility has truly delivered to students, staff and the community alike, demonstrating why "community" is their middle name.
Learn more here about the Explore! design and adaptability to support its community during a pandemic in this article for Edmarket Essentials Magazine, co-authored by the school's project architect, Linda Mark, and its principal, Stephanie Jarrett-Thorpe.