Centennial Elementary School

Alpine School District   Orem, UT

project size

78,218 sf

project contact

Vern Latham, AIA, NCARB




Centennial Elementary is a two-story K-6 prototype elementary school built to replace and consolidate the existing SCERA Park and Hillcrest Elementary Schools in Orem, Utah. The 78,000 square foot prototype was designed to accommodate 950 students plus faculty from the two existing schools. The new updated plan is one of a series of prototype designs that could be adapted to various sites, neighborhoods, and populations within its boundaries. The two-story design for Centennial Elementary allowed the school to be built on the existing SCERA Park Elementary site, allowing construction to take place for the new school while the existing school remained in full use.

The building’s exterior finishes of brick masonry and aluminum storefront glazing, were selected to complement the surrounding environment. The use of brick on the exterior links the school to its neighborhood aesthetically and reflects the value that the surrounding community places on education. At the interior of the school, a combination of honed CMU and ceramic tile walls were selected for hallways and smooth block at the gymnasium and other high use areas, for their durability and the overall structural integrity of the school.

This compact true two-story prototype provides Alpine School District with the flexibility to build on new smaller sites or existing occupied sites where space is limited. The classrooms are oriented to take advantage of natural light, the majority of classrooms and Media Center overlooking the surrounding Wasatch Mountains and Utah Valley. The updated plan also includes a dedicated STEM lab offering flexibility in learning programs. While there are many advantages to the two-story design, the Centennial design accommodated the requirements for building a new school on an existing school site, while the existing school remained in use.