The challenge of designing this pre-K to 8 Chabad private school was to accommodate increasing enrollment on a tight urban campus between a commercial street and residential neighborhood. A compact building with a dynamic exterior was created with classrooms in a two-wing, two-story facility, linked by an administration office/media center and a ASSOCIATED FIRMPerlman Design GroupCAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$176.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio two-story atrium.
Community unity was encouraged by adjusting the size and length of the design to blend with adjacent residences, utilizing a rear parking area to lessen traffic congestion, and designing a large setback in the front for pickup and dropoff areas.
Classroom areas are designed distinctly to address each grade’s needs. Common areas accommodate shared activities and enable social and spiritual interaction. The school features plasma screens and a new gymnasium, outdoor swimming pool and full-service cafeteria with kosher kitchen accoutrements.
The colorful preschool area’s winding "streetscape" corridor includes washable walls and themed classroom entries. Multiple skylights in the atrium bring natural light into the school.