International College is a preK-12 international school on a dense, urban, steeply sloping, 7.78-acre site in downtown Beirut. The new multistoried elementary school, parking facility, and central plant are situated at the edge of campus to minimize disruption to operations, ease traffic congestion, satisfy parking needs, and minimize impact on the campus ASSOCIATED FIRMKhatib & AlamiCOST PER SQ FT$141.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio space.
The school is the first LEED-certified (Gold) building in the country of Lebanon. It contains 30 classrooms and numerous specialty rooms, including a 14,000-square-foot sports hall, 4,300-square-foot auditorium, 2,700-square-foot resource center, structured parking for 70 cars and 20 buses and a 12,300-square-foot central plant that serves the entire campus.
The design arranges these spaces into three buildings connected by the parking structure and central plant below grade. The scale of each building is consistent with the other buildings on the campus, but more modern in its architecture. Terraces, basketball courts and covered play areas are situated on rooftops to maximize the use of open space.