Breslin Architects received an “Award of Merit” for the design of this project from the American Institute of Architects/Eastern Pennsylvania.
This new school houses 1,000 students in grades 4, 5, and 6. The project incorporates numerous “green” design features such as projected window sunscreens that reduce air-conditioning loads. Classrooms receive abundant natural light and are equipped with digital sensors that automatically lower lighting levels and reduce energy costs.
The school was placed economically on the sloped site by separating it into two buildings connected by glass enclosed bridges. A single story building containing community related facilities, such as the gymnasium, cafeteria, library, and administration is on the high point of the site adjacent to a 185 car parking area. A two-story classroom building is on the lowest point of the site next to the student bus loading area.
This school’s exterior features an aluminum panel wall system, brick, and limestone. A paved plaza with benches and landscaping marks the entrance and provides an inviting appearance.