Part of a districtwide reconstruction program, an outdated structure built in 1917 was replaced with a state-of-the-art, 21st-century high-performance school. A portion of the original building was altered to accommodate a multipurpose room, and administrative and support spaces.
The addition includes 24 new self-contained classrooms and a new kitchen. COST PER SQ FT$210.00CITATIONPre-K/Early-Childhood Education CitationFEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio two-story school was designed to obtain LEED silver certification. It places particular emphasis on daylighting, incorporating the creative use of sun shades, light shelves, tubular skylights and dimmers. The use of color, primary shapes, textures and volume enables teachers to use the building as a learning tool. The learning garden serves as an outdoor classroom where inner-city students learn about gardening and horticulture. It is maintained by members of a local gardening club. The school has been embraced as a landmark, bringing a sense of community unity in an otherwise impersonal mega-urban environment.
“A previously undistinguished older building with new life. The exterior encourages learning. Good urban context and indoor/outdoor connection.”--2008 jury