The New Walnut Grove Elementary school is designed to be a flagship school that focuses on the needs in education of the 21st century. The need for collaborative and small group learning experiences is encouraged through the design of flexible learning spaces throughout the school. Such spaces include a learning riser in the middle of the school as well as hearth rooms that develop a sense of community within each grade level. The new elementary school takes into account sustainable design principle through high-performing envelope design, daylighting, energy production and creative MEP solutions that reduce carbon footprint and encourage environmental education. The school is also designed to be not just an educational facility but also a community center where public can enjoy some of the facility after hours while educational wings can be blocked off to increase safety.