Harlan Elementary School

Wilmington, Delaware

  • FIRM

    ABHA Architects


    Brandywine School District

  • AREA

    80,000 sq.ft.





Renovations to this 1932 building included space planning/programming modifications, finish upgrades, installations of new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and security systems, and restoration and refinishing of the original woodwork.

A highlight of the project is the library and media center. It started life as a mudroom where kids who walked to school and played ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers shed boots and rain gear. A library in its most recent incarnation, it has emerged from renovation as a full-fledged media center. The octagonal plan lends itself to an unusual but efficient space. Bright, airy windows with wood trim and a cathedral ceiling with indirect lighting and the original exposed structure create a spacious feel in spite of the limited space. Work rooms and a computer lab are situated off the reading and collections area, with additional research computers available in the reading area. Low shelving in the center helps retain and reinforce the open feel, and is age-appropriate for the elementary school.