Seitz Elementary School

In 2010, the city of Fort Riley and Geary County USD #475 recognized the need to support the growing number of troops and families moving onto the base. In response, they engaged their district architect to lead them through programming and design of an 87,000 square foot school named after renowned Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz, US Army Retired.

Seitz Elementary School is designed for nine classrooms of K-5 students. Other key spaces in the building include an autism unit for the autistic elementary children on post, a gymnasium designed as a FEMA shelter, two music classrooms, an art/science classroom, a cafeteria and a library/media center. Each classroom wing has open collaboration space that is shared between two grades. This is a multi-use space that allows for one-on-one instruction; small and large group instruction; or a place for an entire grade to see a presentation.

The building is graceful in form, bright with natural light and flexible in function. Educators, students and parents enjoy a new sense of collaboration within the school’s shared multi-function spaces.