The Orchard School is part of a larger not-for-profit organization, the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home, which provides services to children. The emotionally challenged students at the Orchard School are in grades pre-K through 8. Many students live on campus, which is a former estate and working farm, during their stay.
The program required the creation of CAPACITY100COST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized classrooms to meet the requirements of the state education department and to provide dedicated music, art, technology, computer and library spaces, as well as a full-service kitchen and dining area. Spaces had to be arranged to separate the two different age groups and to provide adjacent time-out rooms.
Maintaining the quality and character of the existing brick and slate roof dairy barns was a requirement of the owner. The new addition and complete renovation of the existing barns was accomplished with a matching brick exterior and new slate roofs. A new courtyard was created with a two-story L-shaped addition, and a new entrance stair was inserted underneath an existing pyramid roof at the end of the covered walkway.
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