Purchase Elementary School

Harrison, New York

  • FIRM

    Peter Gisolfi Associates


    Board of Education, Harrison Public Schools

  • AREA

    15,500 sq.ft.





To meet the needs of increasing student enrollment, the education program called for an expanded elementary school that would improve the function of the building and incorporate a new local-area network for data sharing, Internet access and e-mail communications. The plan called for the relocation of common spaces, such as the library and the music room, an expanded ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$169.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio and separated bus and car dropoffs.

A new public entry adjacent to the parking area was constructed to avoid a difficult traffic intersection near the school. Construction of continuous steel-framed pitch roofs helped to tie disparate elements of the building together. A new boiler plan and hot-water system were installed for the entire building, replacing the complicated hot-air heating systems in the 1960s wings and the steam heat in the 1920s wing. Nine new classrooms and a new multipurpose room were added to the school and built adjacent to a new entry lobby. The classroom computer stations are connected to the LAN.

Photographer: ©Norman McGrath