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Jemez Mountain Public Schools

Lybrook Elementary School

Lybrook, NM


Under the previous firm of ASA Architects, Vigil & Associates’ president/principal Ray Vigil worked with Jemez Mountain Public Schools on this project. The design of Lybrook Elementary School is inspired by the culture of its Dinè student population. The commons area references traditional Dinè hogans with its octagonal shape, domed roof and east-facing entrance. Colors in the floor and walls follow the Dinè colors for north, south, east and west, and the classroom and multipurpose wings extends outward in cardinal directions. A central octagonal courtyard and a colored concrete “reading plaza” continue the cultural references through the outdoor spaces as well. The school building and grounds were carefully sited to avoid disturbing nearby archaeological sites. During the bidding phase of this project, a fire incident adjacent to the existing school required an emergency shutdown. We mobilized a temporary campus of portables away from previous facility.

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