The flagship of Mount Vernon’s $100 million urban-school master plan is the new four-story Longfellow Middle School. The school houses 500 students in grades 6 to 8, and is organized by the team-teaching concept. Each grade occupies a separate floor and has classrooms, science labs, resource rooms, shared common space and teacher-planning areas.
The community can COST PER SQ FT$248.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas common core facilities, including a media center, cafeteria and multipurpose gymnasium and stage from the ground level. A band/choral room opens out to the entry courtyard for outdoor performances.
The building integrates numerous green design features, including a mechanical system with full heat-recovery and room-occupancy-sensor controls. Occupancy sensors control room lighting, and daylight is integrated to further reduce electricity consumption.
The new school shares the site of an existing elementary school. The building is oriented strategically to separate the street entrances, on-site parking and outdoor play areas. Both schools share the existing elementary school auditorium.
The project serves as a model for developing an urban school when available land is at a premium.