Expanding enrollment and a desire for a better educational environment led the Hope Township Board of Education to build a 15,600-square-foot addition to its pre-K through eighth-grade school.
Every space, indoors and outdoors, was planned carefully to maximize the district’s limited budget and site. The addition created a U-shaped courtyard to protect a historical COST PER SQ FT$166.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio site. The addition houses a multipurpose room, art room, music room and science room. With this addition, the school is now accessible to the physically challenged. The multipurpose room functions as a gymnasium and lunchroom, and is available to the community for use outside normal school hours. The addition also frees space in the existing building for new classrooms.
The engineering design was complicated by poor soil conditions and contour changes, which required the installation of a piled foundation. A new septic system and stormwater-drainage system were designed around environmental wetland and wellwater restrictions. The site design created new parking areas and safer traffic patterns.