The architect began working with the Pequannock Township School District in the spring of 1998. Faced with increased enrollment in its three elementary schools, and projections of continuing student population increases, the district decided to plan for districtwide expansions. The district invited the community to participate in the planning process in an effort to COST PER SQ FT$143.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms support for the project. After exploring more than a dozen plans, an option was selected and prepared for referendum. The option included additions to two elementary schools, Hillview and North Boulevard, allowing the district to maintain its neighborhood school environment.
The addition to Hillview Elementary School includes eight classrooms and a gymnasium. Every detail of the classrooms was carefully thought out, including storage needs, furnishings, equipment and finishes. Every available area of wall space was designed to provide built-in storage, instructional spaces, display surfaces and natural light.
The $5.5 million referendum was passed in December 1998, and construction began in the summer of 1999. Both schools opened in September 2000. The architect has applied for retroactive financial aid for the district from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority under the recently passed School Construction and Financing Act.