Wilburn Elementary School
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilburn Elementary School’s design focuses on creating a secure building that features flexible teaching environments. The two-story facility offers daylit learning spaces, large media center, multipurpose room, dining area, and showcase spaces to display students’ accomplishments. The design includes a ceremonial two-story east entrance to define a prominent front door entry, while maintaining proportions, textures, and colors suitable to the vernacular of the surrounding residential communities. Large expanses of glass evoke a traditional and formal feel to the facility. The school’s entrance channels visitors directly to the administrative suite through a set of vestibule security doors, which promotes visitor supervision. Exterior doors are controlled by a fob system, and windowed doors and sidelights to all classrooms serve as an additional security measure allowing for supervision from outside of the classroom.