Mount Pleasant Middle School/Elementary School

Livingston, New Jersey

The original Mount Pleasant facility was built to serve as two distinct schools. The elementary school was built in the mid-1950s, and the adjacent middle school followed soon after. A subsequent expansion in 1964 connected the two buildings. Growing enrollment and curriculum requirements resulted in a decision to expand and renovate.

As part of the expansion, the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY42,232COST PER SQ FT$120.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers school wing received a new, centrally situated Informational Media Center. It can be accessed directly from the play area, rear parking area or an existing inclined lift at the main entrance. The media center contains a large translucent skylight designed to provide natural, yet diffused, lighting above the informal reading area.

The elementary school wing also received a new media center. The existing library was altered to provide the school with a much-needed additional kindergarten classroom. This new media center’s walls were bayed out to take maximum advantage of the north light and, at the same time, provide a pleasant storytelling area for the lower grades.

"Skillful control of color and light."—2003 jury