Swiftwater Elementary Center

Swiftwater, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.


    Pocono Mountain School District

  • AREA

    211,165 sq.ft.





This large 1,200-student (expandable to 1,400) K-5 elementary school promotes smaller learning communities by grouping a cluster of classrooms for each grade. Central to the classroom clusters, a multifunctional area is provided that can be divided into four flexible classrooms or opened into a large, flexible area for other ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$196.47FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio opportunities.

Shared communal spaces (the library, gyms, cafetorium, art and music areas) are separated from the classroom area for security when the building is used after hours. Music and art classrooms back up to the stage for easy access for rehearsals and stage-related productions.

The two-story classroom houses are constructed of steel studs, exterior sheathing and sprayed-on insulation. The exterior finish has a masonry base and cementitious horizontal lap siding above. Because of the height of the gymnasium and cafetorium spaces, these areas are constructed of steel frame and masonry backup.

The mechanical system is a variable-air-volume system for heating and cooling with all mechanical equipment situated under the pitched roofs to protect it from the extended winter conditions.