The architect prepared a districtwide feasibility study, which led to the decision to build a new elementary school. East Stroudsburg Elementary School was designed as a K-5 prototype. After touring a similar school, school board members decided to proceed with a three-story facility designed to accommodate the growing CAPACITY1,050COST PER SQ FT$253.05FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio population.
The gymnasium can be isolated for after-school events in order to maintain security. A large-group instruction room on the third floor overlooks the main entrance plaza. Future expansion areas are provided at various locations to increase the capacity to 1,250. Teaching spaces incorporate natural light to enhance the learning environment. To keep energy costs minimal, an air-cooled chiller system with off-peak ice generation in underground storage is used.
The presence of rock, not uncommon in the area, provided challenges during site excavation of the site, a former golf course. The site design successfully separated the parent dropoff from the bus loading area. The campus can accommodate 20 buses, 120 staff/visitor parking spaces and eight handicapped spaces.