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Stearley Heights Elementary School



The 21st Century learning environment organizes primary learning spaces into Neighborhoods, creating flexible and scalable student-centered learning.


Project Type: K-5 Elementary School
Client: US Army Corps of Engineers
Construction Cost: $60,000,000
Square footage: 175,000 SF

KZF Design, as part of a joint-venture, provided full design, architecture and interior design, for the new Stearley Heights Elementary School on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. The new school facility for 820 students, grades Pre-K through 5th, incorporates DoDEA’s “21st Century Educational Facilities Specifications” into an evolutionary learning environment. The $60M, 175,000 SF facility is designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification and features flexible and creative spaces, enabling a switch from the passive lecture-style learning to a more active peer-to-peer, project-based learning model.