In an effort to reconfigure existing grade alignments and address student crowding that resulted from closing an outdated facility, the Mahwah School District built a 750-student K-3 elementary school.
The new facility uses a nine-acre site adjacent to the district’s middle school and township library. A campus plan called for relocating athletic fields and COST PER SQ FT$170.12FEATURED IN2003 Educational Interiors2003 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms courts while accommodating the possibility for future expansion of the middle school.
The exterior of the building uses architectural concrete block construction and was designed with split-face masonry units to give the feeling that it is part of the surrounding mountain terrain. The other exterior finishes vary to emphasize the rough and smooth textures of the surrounding site.
The facility contains 26 classrooms, art and music facilities, a media center, cafeteria, gymnasium/multipurpose room, administrative suite and nurse’s office, along with a separate kindergarten wing that contains five classrooms and a large reading area. Separate vehicular access to each portion of the building makes security and control of parent and bus dropoff zones a simple daily event.