Whittier Elementary School

Scranton, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Highland Associates

  • CLIENT

    Scranton School District

  • AREA

    46,914 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $9,144,120.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    12/2010

The Scranton School District was faced with the difficult and necessary decision to replace its existing early 1900s Whittier Elementary School. The school design was outdated, inefficient and did not respond to today’s educational requirements.

The new school achieves a highly efficient building floor plan while utilizing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$194.91FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers limited existing site of the former school. As a result, much-needed general education spaces were provided, as well as classrooms for special education and specialized instruction, such as art, music and science.

The third floor was selected to house the school’s library to feature remarkable views of the city of Scranton and contribute to a visual connection to the existing neighborhood. Careful planning successfully controlled public access while keeping optimal access.

The original school building was known for its clock tower, so the neighborhood clock icon was resurrected in the new building design through a new exterior building clock. The "gears of time" interior design elements incorporate the vibrant color scheme of the building interior.