David Kent Holmquist Elementary School is a compact school housing 1,060 kindergarten-fifth graders. Due to the project’s small site size of 11.25 acres, the original plan for a one-story facility was adjusted to a two-story design. Kindergarten through second grade occupies the first floor and third through fifth grade utilizing the second story.
The interior of Holmquist Elementary School has a unique touch as the interior colors and scheme are based on a painting by 20th-century Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. Through the collaboration of IBI Group’s interiors team and the District’s facilities department, Kandinsky’s “Homage to Grohmann” painting was simplified to incorporate brighter colors and distinct shapes as appropriate for elementary age students. The painting’s elements can be seen in the cafeteria, the central rotunda and even in the carpet patterns throughout the school.