Odyssey Elementary School

Davis School District   Woods Cross, UT

project size

84,785 sf

project contact

Jeanne Jackson, FAIA, LEED, AP




2015 Citation of Excellence Award | Learning by Design

2015 Merit Award | AIA Utah

2015 Elementary School Citation Award | AS&U Architectural Portfolio

2015 Award of Merit | Illuminating Society of America

2015 Best K-12 Project | Engineering News Record Magazine

2015 Green Build Champion | Associated Builders and Contractors –

Utah Chapter

2015 K-12 Education Project of the Year | Associated General Contractors

of Utah

2015 Merit Award | LEARN Category | IIDA Intermountain Chapter



Odyssey Elementary School is an educationally innovative school built around the theme “Bodies in Motion: The Animal Kingdom.” The school champions the importance of healthy, active lifestyles and helps students understand their place in nature. It is an energy-positive facility that has successfully become the greenest, most energy-efficient public school as well as the first LEED Gold Certified school in the state of Utah.  

There are four learning wings at Odyssey – color-coded groups of classrooms called “Habitats.” Each Habitat corresponds to one of the thematic motions of the school (Run, Jump, Swim and Fly) and includes 8 classrooms, a central Collaboration area, teacher prep and storage areas and toilet room facilities. The organization of students into Habitats reduces anonymity and encourages collaboration.  Classrooms are designed with a 12-foot-wide roll-up glass door, allowing them to combine with the collaboration space or other classrooms. Every classroom door light bears the image of an animal that performs the motion of the house (a kangaroo, rat, a shark, etc.). Critical to the success of the project is the totally flexible furnishing package of mobile chairs, tables, stools and ottomans that students move at a moment’s notice to accommodate different learning scenarios. Utterly unique in its design, it accommodates any learning modality the teachers wish to implement.