This new K-12 school, situated in the winding Unadilla River Valley amidst rolling farmlands, combines two school districts. The project is intended to fit naturally into the rural valley setting by responding to certain site conditions. The scheme was organized in a way that would parallel the river and offer classroom views of the surrounding countryside. CAPACITY1,400COST PER SQ FT$124.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio building’s primary character was expressed by using a four-color concrete-block composition that reflects the valley’s natural strata.
The school was divided into two wings: one for the elementary school, and one for the middle and high schools. Between them are shared spaces. The main public lobby, organized along the length of the central axis, acts as a bridge and a barrier between the different grade levels. The use of large, naturally lighted areas was essential to the concept of this learning environment, and is found primarily along the central axis, including the main entry, lobby, gymnasium, media center and adjoining cafeteria. The quality of the architecture complements the school’s setting by drawing aspects of light, materials and composition from nature.