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2512 George Mason Drive • P.O. Box 6038 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-0038   757.263.1000 • 757.263.1240 TDD

Completed Projects

W.T. Cooke Elementary School - new building

Cooke ES Original Building Opened
July 31, 1998
Building Dedicated
April 30, 2000

Building Facts

Student Capacity: 644
Building Size: 89,122 sq. ft.
Cost: $8.9 million

Architect: Rodriguez Ripley Maddux Motley
Contractor: Conrad Brothers, Inc.

Construction Highlights

  • During construction all buildings were demolished except an eight year old gymnasium addition located across 15th Street from the existing school. 15th Street was closed and two city blocks became one as the new school straddled the old roadway and adjoined the existing gym.
  • The limited land available required a two-story design. The entrance to the school is easily identified by its round brick canopy. Upon entering the lobby, the historical context of the school becomes apparent. A memorial brick wall, made from the original school bricks, displays a picture of Mr. Willoughby T. Cooke, a school board member in the early 1900's.
  • The simple t-shaped plan with classrooms grouped by grade level provides an easy orientation for students. Classrooms all have windows for natural lighting and are connected to the data network and media center's intercommunication systems.
  • The building also includes the existing gym, which is shared by the community, a cafetorium and stage, modern kitchen, art and music labs, special education and administrative spaces.
  • Some of the special finish features include interior column forms in the corridors, occasional interior brick walls, patterned terrazzo floors, a vibrant teal roof color echoed by the operable sash windows. Casework, accent walls and light fixtures tie in with the teal and yellow school colors.

Last Modified on Monday, April 23, 2018