Rutherford Elementary School

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Bink Partnership


    Central Dauphin School District

  • AREA

    73,210 sq.ft.





The massive masonry arches are the dominant design feature of the main facade. It is an unusual and outstanding use of a parabolic arch in modern architecture. The main entry uses the arches to erode the planar facade and create an entrance court on a very tightly constrained site. The bus dropoff needed weather protection, but could not project away from the facade due ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$109.38CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio dimensional constraints from the building to the roadway.

The primary consideration of the project is the workmanship of the masonry in a few primary areas: The arches and precast keystones, the watertable, the glass block entry stair, and the veneer wall. Other areas of interest are the double-brick soldier coursing and three rows of brick frieze banding.

The 64,000-square-foot building serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Classrooms are arranged in community groupings of six. Each classroom group has a central common area for students in each grouping to share. The classrooms are designed with integration of current and future technologies in mind.

Photographer: ©Tim Schoon

"Excellent layout! Community groupings in a traditional-type building works well."—1999 jury