Bates Elementary School
Because this 1950s elementary school building occupies a small, constricted site in a residential neighborhood, the additional space was gained by constructing three small additions rather than a single large one.
The three additions are scaled like houses and are detailed with pitched roofs and shingles to more carefully reflect the neighborhood context. Additions include new classrooms, a new cafeteria, a new music room and a small extension of the existing gym to accommodate a performance platform. The work involved a complex phasing plan that was executed so successfully, the project was completed six months ahead of schedule.