The 50-year-old William Foster Elementary School needed modernizing, as well as an addition for a kindergarten center and special-education preschool. The design includes:
- A comprehensive site plan to accommodate numerous site restraints and promote outdoor activities.
- Brick exterior walls and pitched metal standing-seam roofs for scale, durability and harmony CAPACITY725COST PER SQ FT$97.20FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress nearby residences.
- A circular student dropoff area protected from local traffic.
- An adjacent and enclosed outdoor play space.
- Color-coded floor inlay graphics that direct student traffic and enhance classroom instruction.
- Expansive windows to maximize natural lighting.
- Independent entry points and separate mechanical systems from the original building.
When complete, this center will feature a flexible wall system and will incorporate the latest in computer and audiovisual systems. Other building renovations:
- Converting the library to a computer lab.
- Integrated special-education rooms throughout the building.
- Remodeling a portion of the existing building and courtyard into a multipurpose space to provide a new cafeteria and library.