When challenged to replace a century-old elementary school in a community with a small tax base and minimal water service, the use of load-bearing masonry construction allowed the architects to ensure student safety while providing long-term durability in a building that was optimized for contemporary educational needs, yet affordable for local taxpayers.

In addition to fire safety and durability, the new building provides access to technology that would have been impossible in the previous structure. Recognizing that Arlington Elementary will likely serve the community for decades, the VPS Architecture team designed the load-bearing walls to make technology upgrades easier and less costly. See the VPS Architecture case study Arlington Elementary School