William Foster Elementary School, Kindergarten Center

Garfield Heights, Ohio

The 50-year-old William Foster Elementary School needed modernizing, as well as an addition for a kindergarten center and special-education preschool. The design includes:

- A comprehensive site plan to accommodate numerous site restraints and promote outdoor activities.

- Brick exterior walls and pitched metal standing-seam roofs for scale, durability and harmony ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY725COST PER SQ FT$97.20FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress nearby residences.

- A circular student dropoff area protected from local traffic.

- An adjacent and enclosed outdoor play space.

- Color-coded floor inlay graphics that direct student traffic and enhance classroom instruction.

- Expansive windows to maximize natural lighting.

- Independent entry points and separate mechanical systems from the original building.

When complete, this center will feature a flexible wall system and will incorporate the latest in computer and audiovisual systems. Other building renovations:

- Converting the library to a computer lab.

- Integrated special-education rooms throughout the building.

- Remodeling a portion of the existing building and courtyard into a multipurpose space to provide a new cafeteria and library.