A secure vestibule was created at the School Entrance using bullet-resistant wall materials and glazing to limit access until a visitor is checked in and cleared for entry. It was important to maintain a warm and welcoming entry despite the need for increased security measures. The check-in window is softened by the use of wood trim, a stone counter, and a natural voice communication system that does not require a speaker. Additionally, the administrative office was renovated in order to increase efficiency in the space, make room for an additional staff member, and refresh the overall look and feel of the office.
The renovation of the Upper School (5th and 6th Grades) wing of this private elementary school served two purposes. While it was critical to improve the security of the connection with the adjoining church, which is open to the public all day, it was also time to upgrade the appearance and finishes in this area.
The Upper School serves as a transition between the younger Elementary years and the Middle School years. The goal of the renovation was to update the interior finishes and furnishings to a more mature environment for the older students of the school, creating an identity unique for the Upper School.
The design and construction team operated under an accelerated schedule to complete the majority of construction during the normal summer break.
Architect/Project Lead: Studio 8 Design
General Contractor: Tandem Construction
Structural Engineer: EMC Structural Engineers, P.C.
Electrical Engineer: Enterprise Electric, LLC
MPE Engineers: OLG Engineering, Inc. (Renovation to L-Wing)
MPE Engineers: Mp&E Engineers (Security Improvements)
Photography: Bill LaFevor