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Horry County Public Schools Middle + Elementary School Prototypes

Flexible school designs, built for the future

  • Horry County, South Carolina

    Horry County, South Carolina

Supplying students in South Carolina with inventive educational facilities

Students need educational facilities that keep the future in mind. Horry County—the third largest school district in South Carolina—serves over 39,000 current students in 51 schools. But that wasn’t enough. They needed more. More schools. Better features.

The aim was to design prototypes for elementary and middle schools that supported 21st-century educational aims—while also reducing operational costs as much as possible. Partnered with SfL+A Architects and Mozingo + Wallace, we focused on ways to nurture freedom and responsibility within a safe, controlled setting. There also had to be flexibility, greater visibility, and access to technology.

The five prototypes (four middle schools and one elementary school) saved on costs by using energy-positive designs that actually return energy into the grid. The facilities generate more energy than is consumed through a combination of geothermal systems, on-site photovoltaics, LED lighting, building automation, and superior building envelopes. The designs include open dining options, modular learning opportunities, and a shared media commons.

Site-adaptable and flexible, these new schools can accommodate future growth, and they support multi-modal learning in a variety of settings. The new facilities will be landmarks in their communities—testaments to Horry County’s focus on the future.

At a Glance

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Architect
SFL+A (Lead Architect)
Mozingo + Wallace (Exterior Architect)
Meet Our Team

Camilo Llorens Bearman, Senior Associate

We design because we’re human, but sometimes the human experience is forgotten during the design process. We can’t let that happen, especially when shaping learning environments.
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Bill Bradley, Senior Associate, Buildings

What’s exciting is discovering the opportunities that lie hidden at the intersection of education and architecture. Possibilities abound!
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  • Camilo Llorens Bearman

    Senior Associate

  • Bill  Bradley

    Senior Associate, Buildings

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