The Crossroads Elementary School is a new two story building with approximately 126,000 square feet. The new school will consolidate three existing elementary schools into one location and provide expanded and improved modern facilities for the students. This school will be a transitional 21st Century School with strong emphasis on technology and learning through collaboration and projects. The floor plan reflects this philosophy. Classrooms are considered Learning Studios and are grouped into Neighborhoods, typically containing four Learning Studios with a Learning Hub in the middle. The school also has small one-on-one learning areas and Group Learning rooms. The first floor School Commons will be used for activities including dining, productions, group collaboration, and reading and discussion areas for the Information Center. The Information Center is located in the center of the school and open to the School Commons to encourage research and individual learning. Fully functional and adequate space for administration, guidance, and special education staff are included along with a main gym and an auxiliary gym for physical education. JPHES worked closely with other discipline designers and facility representatives to ensure that all criteria was maintained while providing a sustainable facility. The mechanical system consisted of a hybrid geothermal system with variable air volume air handling units and in-floor hydronic heating. This system helped the facility achieve all 19 points available under EA credit 1 for LEED 2009.