The Adirondack Mountains provide a backdrop for the additions and renovations to the Town of Webb Union Free School District in Old Forge, N.Y. The complexities of this project lie hidden within the maze of existing buildings and tight site constraints. The existing school had a gross square footage of 72,205 square feet, and the additions totaled 32,800 square feet, COST PER SQ FT$132.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized the school a total of more than 105,000 square feet.
The additions provided a new library, art classrooms, science classrooms, cafeteria, music classrooms and elementary classrooms. The project also provided an opportunity to establish a simple movement pattern, while creating a sense of hierarchy that connects all the spaces in the school. In order to link and unify the existing buildings and additions, a two-degree break in the orthogonal grid was introduced. This created the opportunity for a new main corridor in the center of the school that culminates in a dramatic, two-story glass entrance.
The school’s design uses natural light to the greatest degree possible. The main corridor has a clerestory that runs the length of the south-facing wall. Large windows in each new classroom provide daylighting.