architecture + planning

New North Vista Elementary School|
Florence, SC

John Bowman Architect in partnership with Goforth Brown & Associates were hired to provide design and construction administration services for a new 108,000 sf elementary school. The challenge for this project was to design a new building to fit within the existing site without demolishing the existing building until the new building is complete. JBA served as the lead designer on the project and was able to complete the project objectives without demolishing the existing school. Once completed, the existing school will be torn down and converted to a parking lot.


The project design utilizes a main "core" building the encompasses the majority of the school's programmatic needs. Such spaces include the Media Center/Library, Multipurpose Room, Cafeteria, Sixth Grade Classrooms, Science and Computer Labs, along with Administration Spaces. Branching off the main "core" are three classroom wings that hold Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classrooms along with Montessori Classrooms.


The overall project utilizes the best design and construction practices that adhere with the School District's budget. This new design provides a new modernized look for the surrounding community. The exterior veneer is comprised of a traditional brick skin, standing seam metal roofing, and aluminum and glass storefront windows. The highlight of the design is the pronounced column entry at the front of the school, along with the inverted roof slopes over the Media Center/Library and Multipurpose Spaces.