Positive Tomorrows

Positive Tomorrows

MA+ Architecture
Oklahoma City, OK, USA | View Map
Année du projet
Écoles primaires
Mel Willis Photography
Fiche technique du produit

ÉlémentMarqueProduct Name
Facade claddingAcme Brick
FlooringArmstrong Flooring

Fiche technique du produit
by nora
Facade cladding
by Altro

Positive Tomorrows

MA+ Architecture en tant que Architectes.

After turning away an average of 100 students per year, Positive Tomorrows’ new campus needed to triple capacity while responding to the needs of its students and families experiencing homelessness. A new 42,000 square foot facility would not only need to increase space, but strengthen the organization’s education, Family Support, administration, and community services. The design team was determined to create a home-like atmosphere rather than an institutional setting with areas that strengthen the school’s Education, Family Support, and Administration.  

The new Positive Tomorrows’ campus is at the intersection of Education and Stability for Oklahoma City’s homeless youth and their families. As Oklahoma’s only tuition-free elementary school and social service agency partnering with families experiencing homelessness, this organization is unlike any other in the region. The design challenges presented by this new school for homeless children are met with careful considerations and intentional design solutions that support the school’s ‘High Structure – High Love’ curriculum. 

The design achieves a sense of home rather than a traditional institutional setting and a campus where learning opportunities can happen anywhere. The space fosters stability, considers special circulation needs, and promotes easy-to-follow routines and procedures for the students. An open-space concept creates a safe atmosphere where students are easily monitored while specialized learning spaces cultivate enriching learning opportunities. Areas like a Food Lab, Maker Space, Literacy Lab, and an art and music classroom are dedicated to experimentation, problem solving, and cultural curriculum ensuring the students are given the opportunity to explore extra-curricular activities that promote life-long learning and curiosity.     

When designing any school, we think of long term durability. As many know, the most used surface in a school is the floor.

For the families and students that rely on Positive Tomorrows, this building is often one of the most stable parts of their lives. Which makes closing the school for any amount of time detrimental to the school’s mission. In their previous building, the school was closed for at least a week to strip and wax the VCT flooring. The design team wanted to avoid this necessity, so a large factor in product selection was to ensure that no surfaces require waxing.

The team opted for Armstrong’s Natural Creation LVT in the “Living Room”, the main common area of the school. The unique durability of Diamond 10 technology increases the longevity of the flooring while creating a blend of bright colors with Art Arbor and Mystix to meet the goals for a colorful bright space. By blending together the comforting effect of wood flooring with the joyfulness of bright colors, a space was created in which children from homeless families are able to immerse themselves into a bright, secure world.

Two “living rooms” are equipped with warm wooden cubbies, adorned with student’s names, providing a place for the kids to store their possessions. Because many may not know where they will stay one night to the next, it may be the only place they can call their own.


Material Used:
Facade cladding: Brick, Acme Brick
Flooring: Carpet: Mannington, Shaw, Milliken
Flooring: Armstrong, Nora, Caesar Tile, Altro
Physical Edu Flooring: Gerflor Teraflex
Doors: C.H.I. Overhead Doors, V.T. Industries, SteelCraft
Windows: Old Castle
Roofing: Johns Mansville
Interior lighting: Maxilume, Lutron, Fidelux, Tech Lighting, Pathway, Coventry,
Oracle, Kim Lighting, Cree
Interior furniture: KI, Leland, Kimball, Lakeshore

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