The kindergarten addition to the George J. Mitchell School was constructed to relocate students from an outdated facility and consolidate the kindergarten with grades 1 to 3. The wing provides eight kindergarten classrooms, office space, a teachers’ workroom and an independent lobby that serves as a connection to the original building. The classrooms are clustered in COST PER SQ FT$110.84FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms groups of four. The four rooms share a common entry node and are arranged in pairs on either side of the corridor. Each pair of classes shares a lofty teaching node with tiered seating. The node can be closed off from either classroom or left open to both rooms by using operable-panel partitions. Each classroom is equipped with its own restroom, wet area, storage cabinets/cubbies, computer workstations and carpeted reading area. The lobby and corridor provide display areas for the students’ artwork.
The project also provided the school with a new library. An existing classroom was converted into a conference room and librarian’s office while providing an entrance into the library addition. The reading room is defined by a high, vaulted ceiling and is surrounded on three sides by bookcases and lowered ceilings. A semicircular story area with a two-tiered window seat looks out into the courtyard. The old library, which was in the rear of the school, has been converted into a multipurpose room.