Diven Elementary School, Additions and Alterations

Elmira, New York

The architect worked closely with district personnel and the community-at-large to develop a plan for transforming Diven Elementary School in Elmira, N.Y. The intense planning effort included specific considerations for the environment, passive security, flexibility, community use, historical preservation and a team education model.

The exterior building evokes the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY450COST PER SQ FT$107.53FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation of a child’s set of building blocks with dynamic volumetric follies that populate the streetscape, welcoming the visitor. At the entry, the most striking component is light, which plays with primary colors as one moves from the library through open corridors and into the dynamic education spaces. Classrooms were doubled in size and arranged to be conducive to collaboration and interaction. For the building’s materials and systems, low-VOC-emitting materials, motion sensors on plumbing fixtures/lights, and a high-efficiency HVAC system were included to help reduce its environmental impact.

The outdated 1929 building has been transformed into an ideal tool for applying modern education techniques. Its design demonstrates recognition of the environment, which can help students facilitate productive growth.