Fayetteville Montessori School now occupies six buildings along the periphery of Colt Square, a banal office park, bordered and intersected by the Sublett Creek. This place which is at once everyplace and no place, lacking an identity beyond the whichever business or corporation leases any given building on the 'square,' provided at best a compromised site for the education of children. We have seen opportunity and leveraged the happenstance of the site including the creek and the peculiarities of existing structures into the construction of an identifiable place, based equally in the natural elements of the site and in the commercial context in which it stands.
The Montessori Elementary School sits in the small triangular remainder of a site prone to flooding. The two story school houses classrooms, a conference room, and a new commercial quality kitchen. The lower level features a green roof and a rain garden that helps mitigate storm water runoff, as the pilot project for the Fayetteville Streamside Protection Act. The compact footprint of the building leaves ample room for a playground and allows for abundant natural light to be introduced to the classrooms.
Montessori Elementary is centrally located in the broader Fayetteville Montessori School Campus and acts as a connector between the other buildings and provides a centralized conference room and commercial kitchen.