As Columbia’s 20th elementary school, Battle Elementary School was developed in an effort to address overcrowding in other schools such as Two Mile Prairie and Alpha Hart Lewis, eliminate the need for trailer classrooms and reduce class sizes. Named for Dr. Eliot Franklin Battle, a Columbia educator and husband of Muriel Battle, the high school’s namesake, the school is located on a 30-acre site next to Muriel Battle High School on the northeast side of Columbia.
The 77,000 sq. ft. elementary school was financed by a $120 million bond issue in 2010, the same bond issue that funded the adjacent high school. The school’s groundbreaking was in October 2013 and construction was completed in August of 2015 at a construction cost of $13.5 million.
As lead architect for the project, PWA worked with ACI Frangkiser Hutchens and Columbia Public Schools throughout the design process. The process, which began in 2011, included programming, work sessions, spatial relationship diagrams, and schematic design through Construction Administration. The design of the school was a prototype for the building of future elementary schools including Beulah Ralph Elementary School in southwest Columbia and an additional school in southeast Columbia.