Homestead Elementary School, Additions and Alterations

Garden City, New York

This project is the building addition portion of an addition/alteration project at the Homestead Elementary School. It is program-driven, not enrollment driven.

The  main space can be used for library, art or music. Book shelving is at the perimeter. There is an adjacent storage/support room for music and another for art—each to be opened and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$417.71CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassroomsSUB CATEGORYRenovation while each program “has the floor.”

An adjacent computer room for media can be used as a solo function or for use in tandem with the whole area when it is used for library/media. Two operable partitions can be opened and closed as needed—one is full-height; the other sits atop a row of book stacks. A large bay window with built-in risers doubles as story sitting area and music stage/audience.

The goal was to accommodate program scheduling without over-building. The school can be used as a model for school districts having programmatic needs in a difficult economy, so as to build less while still providing useful space.

“Innovative flexibility. Attractive, inviting interior spaces. This is a clean, simple design that is highly versatile.”—2013 jury