South Hackensack Memorial Elementary School

South Hackensack, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    DF Gibson Architects


    South Hackensack Board of Education

  • AREA

    40,000 sq.ft.





The addition to South Hackensack Memorial Elementary School approximately doubles the size of the school, which was built in the 1950s with an addition completed in 1964. It houses a gymnasium, cafeteria, media center and eight classrooms.

The addition complements and enhances the existing building. The main feature is the two-story entry atrium with a glass ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY250COST PER SQ FT$155.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio and clerestory windows that provide natural lighting. The gymnasium is accessed through the atrium, allowing it to be used for after-hours community functions.

The entire building will be air-conditioned. It is the first school in the state to use a direct gas-fired absorption chiller/heater. This technology is tremendously energy-efficient, resulting in heating and cooling costs 25 to 35 percent less than electronically driven chillers.