The Germantown Central School District sought cost-effective ways to modernize this aged and crowded building. The district selected, and the community overwhelmingly supported, a new elementary addition and renovation of the existing 1920s-era building.
The new addition uses a cast-stone accented brick exterior to extend the architectural vocabulary of the CAPACITY850COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation building’s design. Beyond the doors of the entrance tower lies a series of new and renovated spaces, organized to reinforce the autonomy of the district’s K-5 and 6-12 programs.
In the renovated building, adaptive reuse was the design solution. The existing cafeteria was transformed into a spacious elementary library/media center. A former gymnasium became a cafeteria and auditorium. Where once a series of offices and classrooms existed, a new multilevel secondary school library/media center emerged. The first floor of the addition features a new elementary entry, adjacent administrative office, gymnasium, music suite and 10 general classrooms. The second floor of the addition provides three science labs, four general classrooms and a guidance suite for the secondary school.