Villa Montessori Classrooms Nearing Completion

With the eyes of curious students peering intently through the safety fence, staff and administrators are getting a tour of the new classrooms under construction at Villa Montessori School in Central Phoenix. The lights aren’t on yet, but that’s not a problem because Nielson Studio Architects designed the classrooms with high ceilings and large windows to allow plenty of natural light to fill the space.

villa-montIn keeping with Montessori tradition, the classrooms are spacious – at 1200sf each, they are nearly twice the size of typical classrooms. And each room opens directly onto a dedicated outdoor environment with raised planter beds, a garden sink, and covered area. Inside, there’s a gallery wall for displaying student art works. Accent colors for each classroom were selected by the teachers to add a personal touch.

The six new classrooms, scheduled to open within a few weeks, are part of a multi-phase expansion for Villa Montessori. By summer, six additional classrooms will be completed, and older buildings on the campus will be renovated for use as administrative offices, staff workrooms, a new library, and designated areas for crafts, after-school care and special education.

Margo O’Neill

Head of School / Villa Montessori

Michael Nielson is a dream weaver. He was able to take our vision and make it come to life! The design he created for our new buildings was exactly what we wanted for our Montessori school: non-institutional and highly functional with a definite “wow factor”.

Architect: Nielson Studio Architects, contact – Michael Nielson, 602-535-7531
Builder: VKW Construction, contact – Keith Wilson, 480-736-2729