New Georgia school open in time for new school year

BRPH education leaders, students, teachers, parents and elected officials celebrated the opening of Rice Creek Elementary in Port Wentworth, Georgia last week, a school that was coined 'Chatham County's most efficient ESPLOST project to date' by the team.

BRPH director of education, Barry Sallas, addresses attendees during the grand opening event.

The new $22 million, 142,650 SF, smart school, funded by the state's one cent ESPLOST sales tax increase, opens its doors to nearly 500 students right in time for the 2015-2016 school year. The school will provide much needed relief for ongoing district overcrowding issues.

Click here to view news coverage of the opening event.

Rice Creek is an enhanced version of the current Savannah-Chatham County Public School System elementary school prototype designed by BRPH. It provides educational and support space to accommodate 1,000 students with core capacity to support an additional 200 students as future needs are identified. Features include a centrally located media center, dedicated music and art classrooms, science labs, and state-of-the-art dining and food preparation facilities.

The spaces feature strategically placed windows to provide large amounts of daylight for the classrooms and labs while maximizing the available interior wall space for displays. Other features are a full gymnasium designed as a shared facility for use by civic and community groups, large playfields, and carefully controlled vehicular access for bus and automobile traffic providing a safe environment for all.

The school was finished in just 13 months.

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