About the Client/Project: This project is a full modernization of the 10.5 acre school site, built in 1962. The scope includes a 37,500 SF, 2-story, new administration and classroom building, upgrades to existing permanent facilities and a new joint-use field and ball courts. The updated school will be able to house up to 600 students.
Project Challenge: As with any modernization, this project was faced with the challenge of working within the framework of 60 year old construction. The design team generated a design which allows for community service-based learning. Organization of programs and spaces within existing buildings was done in collaboration with the teacher and staff on campus to ensure equity and alignment with the school’s mission.
Architectural Solution: Platt/Whitelaw provided an assessment of the campus, evaluating existing conditions and identifying infrastructure would need to be upgraded. The design team then went on to provide full architectural services from design to construction. The modernization includes data, technology and electrical upgrades, fire alarm upgrades, and new doors and security upgrades across campus. Finish upgrades include new flooring, interior and exterior paint, ceilings patches as needed. All original buildings will have new roofs and mechanical equipment. The existing kitchen is reconfigured and expanded for enhanced function and usability. The new building is comprised of 14 classrooms, a maker’s lab, sensory room, and administration core with student services including counseling and programs from speech to music therapy. The existing spaces received new roofs, and interior upgrades for improved learning, technology and security improvements. The campus is net zero energy ready replaces the existing portables currently making up nearly half of the educational spaces on campus. The building is located to provide a single, controlled point of entry and presence in the community, while addressing the needs of the site and programs. The new building consolidates administration needs and provides space for enhanced play areas including a joint use field.
Final Result: Construction completion anticipated Fall 2023.