The existing Babylon High School required four additional classrooms to meet the demands of an increasing student population. By moving and consolidating several office suites, space for the required four new classrooms could be found within the existing building, minimizing the need for new construction.
The design team reconfigured the existing 6,700-square-foot COST PER SQ FT$115.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers to include both a new library/media center and the district central administrative offices. A new 3,300-square-foot entry hall was created to provide high school administrative offices, as well as a distinctive and visible main entry for the entire high school complex. The four new classrooms were provided in the spaces formerly occupied by administrative offices.
In addition to new furnishings and finishes, the reconfigured library has been given a more open and well-lighted appearance. The exposed ceiling surfaces and steel frame were painted white. New lighting and acoustic banners were installed. Also, new clerestory windows were opened up high along the exterior walls to provide increased daylighting while reducing glare.
"Way to capitalize on an opportunity to update a library, and create a new entry and community connection."--2005 jury