Facing rapidly aging infrastructure and a drastically increasing population, the Cape Henlopen School District teamed with Tetra Tech to develop a new 720-student elementary school. This innovative project has engaged the end-users early in the planning stage to provide an optimal facility that meets the needs of students, teachers, and administrators.

Through extensive involvement in preliminary task force planning meetings, our team gained a unique understanding of the critical project needs that helps us communicate effectively with all stakeholders. Based on information gleaned from design charrettes with parents, teachers, and administrators, Tetra Tech has provided a design that incorporates modern, flexible learning environments. 

Cape Henlopen School District has had the pleasure of working with Tetra Tech to design a new elementary school that will open Fall 2017. Our district wanted an architectural firm that was willing to listen to our stakeholders and design a building based on our needs and unique perspective. The design process since day one with Tetra Tech has been a collaborative effort that has enabled us to create an exciting and unique building that will be perfect for our students, staff, and community. The overall process has been fantastic and we are very excited to begin construction.

Brian Bassett, Director of Administrative Service, Cape Henlopen School District

Our design addresses environmental requirements, sustainability issues, and surrounding community concerns. The LEED Silver–targeted building incorporates daylight harvesting and large insulated windows in 90-percent of the spaces. Its carbon footprint was minimized by purchasing materials within 500 miles of the site.

The 92,500-square-foot facility includes 45 classrooms, offices, media rooms, and nurses’ stations, as well as a cafeteria, gymnasium, band room with an outdoor theatre component, and several open common spaces for collaborative learning. The school design integrates the consortium program for students with disabilities with the rest of the general population.

After review of Tetra Tech’s preliminary design, the school board is satisfied that the new building will allow the school to provide its students with a modern educational facility that promotes flexibility and collaboration. The next steps include final design, permitting, and construction, with continual public involvement to implement a successful project within the community.


Our design work for the Cape Henlopen Elementary School was featured in a CapeGazette.com story.