Longfellow Middle School (Work in Progress)

Mount Vernon, New York

The new Longfellow Middle School will share its site with an existing elementary school. The existing school is the only civic building in the neighborhood. Selecting this site for the middle school reinforces the idea that the school is the central aspect of the neighborhood.

The schools will be situated back to back in order to give each school its own identity and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$248.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress from different streets. The new construction will take place on land that is underused because of steep grading and rock out-croppings. The project serves as a model for the development of urban schools where land is scarce and property is at a premium.

The public, shared spaces are vital to neighborhood functions and community life. All these spaces are on the ground floor. The spaces are zoned so that one event can occupy all the spaces, or several different events can be held simultaneously.

Safety and security are inherent in the small size of the school, which promotes familiarity and the sense of community. The building is organized around easy-to-monitor short corridors. Teacher-planning areas are distributed throughout the building, ensuring a strong adult presence.