Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Additions and Alterations

Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey


Di Cara Rubino Architects


Ho-Ho-Kus School District


28,350 sq.ft.

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This project not only organized the 600-
student facility into a “three-house” plan to better serve the educational needs of its pre-K to 8 students, but also improved the site’s traffic patterns and parking.
A key concept articulated by the district was to create a design that evoked a traditional flavor. The original 1940s school building was honored by the design team, which repeated historical details throughout the three separate additions, while adding a contemporary flair.
As it existed, the school had no identifiable entrance. The first area of addition and alteration addressed this problem by creating a safe and welcoming entrance. The design was scaled to relate to its users: children ages 5 to 13. New main offices in this area feature rich wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass panels.
A second addition created a wing for grades 7 to 8 at the rear of the school and houses general and science classrooms. Finally, the third addition accommodates a new all-purpose room with a working kitchen for lunch programs, as well as assemblies and community functions.

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