Doubling the square footage of the Cohoes Middle School through two additions increased opportunities for more than 525 students in grades 6 to 8. Simultaneously, the Y-shaped, golden-brick 1920s building was transformed into a more functional and spacious environment.
A library/media center was constructed at the heart of the school by converting a space that had ASSOCIATED FIRMTurner Construction CompanyCOST PER SQ FT$110.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers an auditorium, secondary gym and cafeteria. Additional floor area was constructed within the auditorium for superintendents’ suites, which overlook the library and provide a visual connection between the administration and students. The library plan incorporated spaces for open reading and classroom instruction, while maintaining the original Palladian windows and coffered ceiling.
Maintaining vibrant interior colors throughout the project helps blend the additions and renovations. A new cafeteria was built in the former gymnasium by raising the floor elevation nine feet. The addition also included a new main entrance, full-sized gymnasium and additional science, technology and interchangeable classrooms. Electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems also were replaced.
"Grand entry is super! Beautiful use of color and light. Coffered ceiling, high arched windows and suspended lights add elegance to the space."--2001 jury