King Elementary School


The Van Buren Public School District made the decision to replace their oldest school building rather than to add on to the existing building which contained three levels connected by steep ramps. They also made the decision that it was important to keep the school in the existing neighborhood in one of the oldest parts of town. In order to keep the school in the same neighborhood and not close the school during construction, the School District purchased the block directly east of the existing school to locate their new campus.


At the same time, the District made commitment to pursue LEED Certification for the project. MAHG worked with the VBSD to design the building so that the existing school could remain open during the year it took to construct the new building adjacent to the existing school.


The new building utilizes geo-thermal heating and cooling, daylight harvesting, and a rain water collection system for flushing toilets and landscape irrigation. The project was named LEED Project of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of the Unites States Green Building Council.


  • King Elementary School
  • Van Buren Public Schools
  • Van Buren, Arkansas

Project Details

  • 84,000 square feet
  • LEED for Schools 2009 - Gold

Completion Date

  • 2011

Project Value

  • $14.9 million

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