Castleton Elementary School Expansion

Schodack, New York

Through careful planning, the Schodack Central School District has created an optimum elementary setting within the constraints of an existing District building. Challenges included maintaining the original 1923 school building (with great community sentiment), correcting the inefficiencies of later additions, and meeting the requirements of contemporary bus drop-off/pick-up within a very confined existing site.

The essence of the project reflects the District's commitment to progressive education. Twenty four new classrooms for Pre-K through 4th grades feature current teaching approaches such as team teaching, small group teaching, educational technologies and integrated special education.

The comprehensive new addition optimizes classroom efficiency and used existing foundations wherever possible. Support activities occur in the existing 1923 building and are arranged to promote passive surveillance of visitors. Careful consideration was given to construction phasing, as portions of the building remained open throughout construction.