Morris Central School is in a small rural community that embraces its history and traditional values. The school was built in the early 1930s with financial assistance from Dr. Lewis Rutherfurd Morris.
Because of the facility’s age, changing technology and new methods by which students learn in today’s environment, the school needed additional space and renovations. CAPACITY504COST PER SQ FT$101.50FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized district wanted to maintain the tradition that Dr. Morris started almost 70 years ago, but also incorporate a fresh feeling that would engage students as they walked into the facility.
Key elements of the project included a new and inviting entry that would leave a positive, lasting impression on all who entered; a new and expanded dining facility/multipurpose space, and kitchen support facilities; up-to-date science classrooms; a new library facility; the restoration of the auditorium space originally built with the financial assistance provided by Dr. Morris; and a new gymnasium and locker room facilities.
The project involved renovations to 60,000 square feet of existing building space built between the 1930s and 1969. The renovated areas included a dining/multipurpose space, kitchen facilities, auditorium restoration, and art, music and classroom spaces.
The addition consisted of 35,400 square feet of new construction incorporating a new main entry, gymnasium, locker rooms, two technology rooms, three science rooms, four classrooms, a weight-training room and administrative offices.