A $17.1 million referendum in October 2000 provided the green light to move forward with the additions and renovations program in the Mendham Borough School District.
The community’s attachment to its 74-year-old Hilltop Elementary School made the preservation of the building’s historic-style front facade essential. The architectural solution permitted the building CAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio be renovated while maintaining the architectural character and front facade of the original.
The primary plan called for partial demolition of two wings of the elementary school to make way for a three-story, 52,000-square-foot addition. The addition, including 12 academic classrooms, four kindergarten classrooms, a three-stop elevator, and storage and toilet facilities, wraps around the existing building to create a logical interior circulation pattern. A new media center and art room with panoramic views also were included. The addition enabled fourth graders to be transferred from Mountainview Middle School to Hilltop Elementary School, previously a K-3 facility.
About 18,000 square feet of renovations also took place to bring this aging school building to present-day standards.