Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Jefferson Elementary School

Trenton, New Jersey

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Jefferson Elementary School will house 800 students in an inviting and positive environment for learning. Situated in a district bounded by established residential streets, the building will use rich colors and materials, as well as playful composition of building masses, to create an environment conducive for learning.

The school’s ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$194.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress is organized around a central “street” and is zoned into three program blocks: dual two-story classroom wings, and centralized, shared facilities, such as the gym, cafeteria, music, instructional media center, art and administration. The shared facilities are at the core of the building to promote after-hours community use, as well as to allow the classroom wings to be locked at those times.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-responsive design techniques include daylighting, energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and the use of easily maintainable building materials.

The central corridor is a high ceiling space that is rich in detail and allows students to enter the major spaces through a mall-like setting. Storefronts and natural light help promote an inviting environment for learning and growing.