The challenge in designing the East Moriches Elementary School was creating a new steel-and-masonry structure while acknowledging the local wood frame-and-shingle building tradition. The exterior of the building is meant to be an architectural commentary and representative of the history of the school within the local community. The interior will reflect the lessons CAPACITY536COST PER SQ FT$185.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress and expressed on the exterior, but will yield to the need for a welcoming environment specific to K-4 students.
The site for the new building is across the street from the school district’s existing K-8 building. The site is a long and narrow 13 acres of woodland. The geometry of the site has influenced the positioning of the building, parking and playing fields that will be shared by students in grades 5 to 8. Those grades will remain in the existing building once the new school is completed.
A rusticated field stone base will set the foundation for extruded brick veneer, the horizontality of which will allude to wood clapboard siding. Computer technology infrastructure will become an integral part of the construction to further the educational opportunities for the children of East Moriches.