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Red Oak Elementary School

Jessamine County Board of Education · Nicholasville, Kentucky
Energy Star Registered

A community focused school, Red Oak Elementary is reminiscent of yesteryear’s “old school house”.

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A Community Focused School

Red Oak Elementary is located on an existing campus adjacent to the East Jessamine Middle School (also designed by Sherman Carter Barnhart).

One of the most energy efficient schools in the district (currently operating at 30 kBtu/SF/YR), Red Oak features an Interactive Energy Usage Dashboard in the main hallway that demonstrates the building’s usage connecting teachers, students and the community to the knowledge of real world energy usage.

A healthy and easy to maintain learning environment, the school provides state-of-the-art instructional technology for 650 students. Inside, the cupola at the lobby, welcomes the community into a bright, and open central space. The Media Center, to the south of the lobby, is flanked on each side by the two classroom wings. To the north of the lobby is the gymnasium and cafeteria.

This building plan promotes and encourages community use, by separating academic and community use spaces, while allowing ease of management and supervision. Additionally, the cafeteria and gymnasium are joined by a large stage, providing a large assembly space on the gymnasium side and smaller assembly space on the cafeteria side.

The building is oriented to maximize active and passive day lighting in the classrooms, while reducing energy usage and providing a healthier classroom environment for the students. The building’s high performance envelope is achieved by the use of insulated Concrete Form (ICF), exterior wall construction and roof construction that achieves an R-30 insulation value. The building is heated and cooled by a high efficiency geothermal heat pump system with units located on a mechanical mezzanine which improves the ease of maintenance.