In 1996, the Woodcliff Lake Public School District determined that constructing a media center for the middle school (grades 6 to 8) was critical to accomplishing its academic goals. Since Woodcliff Lake does not have its own public library, the new facility was to provide after-school library services to a broader range of students by functioning as an after-school COST PER SQ FT$184.75CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers center for residents enrolled in grades 4 through 9.
The building program called to create a space that, while incorporated into the existing school building, also could be entered directly from the main parking area during after-school hours. The overall design objective was to create a center that was spacious, but user-friendly for youngsters ages 9 through 15.
The design solution works to establish clearly defined areas by organizing different uses around two main circulation galleries. Varying ceiling heights, floor treatments, furniture placement, color selection and lighting were critical to reducing the overall scale of the open floor plan.
The new facility contains a six-zone HVAC system and is wired to accommodate an array of technological applications.
Photographer: ©James Shive
"Attractive...very well done! The space is extremely usable."—1999 jury