Designed to support the district’s educational program, the media center addition to the Sandmeier School added 9,000 square feet of new educational space to a facility built in the early 1960s. The fundamental goal of the project was to provide organized space for quiet study and group interaction, and to re-energize the school with an infusion COST PER SQ FT$144.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers technology.
The technology-driven media center is designed to be used after hours for adult-education programs and community meetings. Separate restrooms accommodate public access, and a new community entrance includes gallery space for student work.
The central space beneath the clerestory will host a multitude of activities, including storytelling and reading. Exposed structural elements in this space allow for an abundance of clerestory lighting, which minimizes glare. An architectural metal roof further defines the unique, flexible learning space.
Principles of green architecture were incorporated into the design, including the use of natural light as a significant lighting strategy. High-efficiency lighting, electrical and mechanical systems also were specified. The addition was part of a $19 million districtwide expansion and upgrade project to five facilities. This project was funded in part through New Jersey’s $8.6 billion school-construction initiative.