J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School

Williamsburg, VA Completed 2010
Project Highlights
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools
  • 96,500 sf, 700 students
  • Prototype Design
  • New Construction
  • 2011 Gold Design Award, VSBA

Specialized learning in a prototype design.

Beginning with a community planning process that engaged a wide array of community stakeholders, the design of J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School tailors a highly adaptable prototype design to effectively meld with the community. Co-located on a campus with G+P’s Lois Hornsby Middle School, Blayton’s design was shaped to meet the educational needs of the school system.

Most important to stakeholders was the inclusion of collaborative learning zones, various teaching and learning areas that cater to a wide array of learning styles. These differentiated learning spaces are both formal and informal to encourage inquiry and exploration while nurturing impromptu learning. The collaborative learning zones provide greater flexibility for innovative instruction methods, such as small group work, project-based learning, learning among classes, tutoring between grade levels, and special multi-class presentations.

Additional non-classroom learning areas include the double-height, naturally lit media center, located at the center of the school, which facilitates reflection, research, discovery, application and communication.

The school’s compact, two-story footprint is both sustainable and practical, reducing travel time between students’ homerooms and their specialty classrooms.