The Chapin School, Addition and Alterations (Classrooms)

New York, New York

The 24,000-square-foot expansion to the Chapin School brings life to its strategic goal to support the excellent education that it provides with the finest and most up-to-date resources. This 100-year-old K-12 independent school for girls had outgrown its space because of program expansion, not enrollment increase.

The addition includes a new science center, a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassroomsSUB CATEGORYRenovation middle school and new visual-arts center, each with a strong sense of place and identity. Faculty space is added for departmental offices and division offices to strengthen the sense of community in each of these areas and in the other divisions of the school.

All new classrooms are designed to be adaptable to potential future methods of teaching and learning. In all teaching spaces, services, storage and independent study workspace are situated on the perimeter or ceiling. Furniture, including art and lab tables, is movable.

Sustainability is integral to the design. The most readily discernable effect is that classrooms are flooded with glare-free natural light, which is harvested to reduce the electrical demand.