Robert E. Bell Middle School

Chappaqua, New York

  • FIRM

    Peter Gisolfi Associates


    Board of Education, Chappaqua Central Schools

  • AREA

    133,500 sq.ft.





To meet the needs of an expanding student population, the education program called for a master plan at the middle school that provided nine new eighth-grade classrooms, an expanded cafeteria, an expanded school entry, ADA compliance (elevators), new toilet rooms and capacity for a local area network.

Taking these education requirements into consideration, the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$130.73FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio provided a new wing of third-floor classrooms to satisfy the program requirements. The plan called for a unique structural solution for building on top of an existing occupied building. This involved attaching masonry pilasters on the exterior walls, which appear as brick buttresses with stone copings. Structural steel spans from exterior wall to exterior wall allowed for construction without disturbing the classrooms below.

The addition reflects the original Gothic Revival building, and the central corridor features clerestory windows that create a place for students to congregate between classes. The architect also dealt with a difficult groundwater problem because of the land’s slope.