Built originally in the 1950s, this school had not been utilized as an educational facility for many years. However, with growing enrollment in the community, the district decided to bring it ‘back to life’ as a school for kindergarten and first grade. To create the appropriate appeal for its young students, a huge facelift was required. New landscaping and paving allowed for a more welcoming entry with improved student drop-off and pick-up access. A large, sculptural span over the main entrance was designed as a metaphor for the school’s mascot, the eagle, painted in a brilliant shade of blue. Once inside, children’s handprints cover the entry walls, with circular lighting and colorful ‘petals’ descending from the ceiling. Primary colors are used strategically throughout to aid students in wayfinding. The project’s energy-efficient design was a focal point, resulting in significantly reduced operational costs and an official ENERGY STAR Certification.