Lester C. Noecker Elementary School, New Kindergarten Addition

Roseland, New Jersey

Faced with increased enrollment and a lack of kindergarten space. the Roseland Board of Education commissioned the architect to design an addition that would house a third kindergarten classroom adjacent to its existing two kindergarten rooms. The program called for a new separate entry vestibule to serve the kindergarten wing, a new restroom and new storage.

The ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$166.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms involved juxtaposing new elements and geometries with the existing architectural style. From the exterior, the existing low-pitched roof lines, brick masonry facade, and window type, as well as overall building proportions, were combined with a new protruding building element housing a reading alcove, and a new arched parapet and overhanging entry canopy.

On the interior, the geometry of the reading alcove and entry vestibule allowed the rooms to deviate from the typical room layout.

The reading and cubby alcoves of the kindergarten were visually separated by architectural wood columns, low-height partitions, and varied ceiling height and lighting.

Photographer: ©Woodruff/Brown Photographers

"Neat design, especially the use of columns...nice airy reading area."—2000 jury