The client sought to house students from two schools within a new K-4 grade primary center for 650 students. A key design challenge was to complement the existing neighborhood, while also recalling historical elements and traditions of the original school building on the site that was to be razed upon completion.
The new school was sited on the existing playground of CAPACITY650COST PER SQ FT$126.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio old school and construction took place within 50 feet of the old structure while school was in session.
The design is a traditional red brick masonry exterior with split faced masonry block. The exterior features brick pilasters with stone accents at the capitals that reference back to the original building. A new arched main entry is located on the south elevation of the building and the arch motif is repeated at other exterior entries and interior locations. The main feature of the building is the courtyard playground in the center of the building which brings natural light into inboard classrooms. A series of hipped roofs were used to help connect to the surrounding neighborhood.