Bosti Elementary School, Kindergarten Center

Bohemia, New York

The Connetquot School District promised the community that it would provide full-day kindergarten by September 2002 at all seven elementary schools. The Kindergarten Center at Bosti Elementary School is the result of the district’s ideas blended with the architects’ design—an environment where the classrooms have a direct and active relationship with the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$178.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms area. The Kindergarten Center created an independent and self-contained kindergarten program at the western end of the existing school with a separate entrance and bus dropoff area.

The focal point of the fully air-conditioned Kindergarten Center is the bright and airy environment of the 3,800-square-foot multipurpose room, which is directly accessible from each kindergarten room that surrounds the open area. The multipurpose room features a structural space frame that provides natural light throughout the room, which is complemented by an efficient lighting system. The space frame system offers additional height throughout the central major portion of the multipurpose space, which is used for group teaching, physical-education activities and as a cafeteria. The perimeter walls of the multipurpose space are padded to protect the children during activity periods.