Wilbur Watts Intermediate School (Work in Progress)

Burlington City, New Jersey

The challenge for Wilbur Watts Intermediate School included finding a home for the growing student population. Many speculated that the site would not accommodate a school of this size.

The solution included demolishing the existing, deteriorating school and board offices. This enhanced the circulation around the site and increased ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY550COST PER SQ FT$279.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress capacity.

The facility is divided into four grade groupings, each with its own signature. Each grouping is designed by a separate color, first emphasized by a change in the terrazzo at each wing that carries on to the corridor walls via glazed block accents, and then into the wall and floor color of each classroom. A parent or student can determine the grade level they are standing in by the colors by which they are surrounded.

The design includes reading areas throughout the corridors, including a new amphitheater that sits below the lobby’s grand stair. Various signage such as “BOOK,” “READ” and “ART” also are in place to stress the importance of learning.

A series of gated areas allows parent and bus delivery of children in the morning, and secures the play area from through traffic while it is occupied. This enables children to filter out of the building and into play areas without urban traffic.