East Quogue Elementary School

East Quogue, New York

The challenge of the architectural design of East Quogue Elementary School was to create an addition to the existing building that would meet the enrollment increase this rural elementary school district was facing. This would be the catalyst to change the entire building, its site utilization and character.

The architecture and design components found in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$178.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio were woven into the interior and exterior of the renovation of the existing building. The gabled brick masonry walls articulate the new point of entry for public and after-hours use, which is the dual lobby for the gymnasium and the new cafetorium. These are reflections of the original schoolhouse, which was the district’s first school building.

The rural setting of the project led to the classroom fenestration “peeking” out from between “barn door”-inspired brick-masonry “tablets.”

The existing site conditions dictated the location and design development of the additions. The sloping site to the rear of the existing building lent itself wonderfully to “laying” the addition into the site and taking advantage of natural grades to provide handicapped accessibility to the stage of the cafetorium.

The movement of all traffic, vehicular or pedestrian, on site was altered by the placement of the newly constructed bus and parent dropoff loops.

The envelopes for the buildable areas for both the site and the building, as well as the areas for the playfields, had little flexibility in their boundaries, so a comprehensive plan was imperative.

The new additions are steel frame, brick and concrete-block cavity-wall construction. The exterior walls are a blend of brick and concrete masonry to match the existing building. The aluminum windows and doors are thermally broken frames highlighted by their green color. The new addition is supported by new dual-fuel cast-iron boilers, and the new cafetorium is air-conditioned by a direct-expansion condensing unit.

The building-wide network consists of an infrastructure that is made up of fiber-optic cable (multi-mode and single-mode) capable of handling up to one GPS transmissions, and Category 5, level 6 copper cable capable of handling 500 MBPS transmissions. The network consists of switches capable of handling 10 or 100 MBPS dedicated connections to the workstations.

Photographer: ©Lawrence Salvesen/Paul Basirico, Studio 7