Brookwood Elementary School

Levittown, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM



    Bristol Township School District

  • AREA

    140,455 sq.ft.





Design team
David Schrader (Planning and Design); Bruce Bachtle (Project Management and Construction Administration); Dan D’Amico (Project Architect); Brinjac Engineering (MEP/Structural Engineering); Renew Design Group (Civil Engineering/Landscape Design)

The new Brookwood Elementary School is the product of a prototype design developed for simultaneous ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$216.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio of three elementary schools that are replacing nine outdated and aging neighborhood elementary facilities. The school is designed to support two specific grade-grouping structures, K-2 and 3-5, in a “school within a school” format.
The design places functions shared by both programs, including the Learning Resource Center, dining hall, gymnasium, administrative offices, and art and music instruction, at the center of the building; other academic spaces flank the shared core. Learning studios, small group instruction areas and large group instruction areas provide spaces for individual, small-, medium- and large-group learning. Spaces traditionally used as vertical transition areas also function as dynamic, large-group instruction spaces in the form of “learning stairs.”
By incorporating sustainable elements — a ground source heat pump system, recycled/renewable materials, rain gardens, a high-efficiency building envelope, and dimmable/daylight-controlled lighting — and consolidating the population of three inefficient buildings into one highly efficient facility, the district is reducing its overall energy usage.