Architect: Partners in Design Architects, Inc.
Owner: Racine Unified School Distric
Contractor: Riley Construction
Project architects extendexd the school’s primary east/west corridor eastward, and then wrapping it tightly along the east side of the building. New classrooms lined nearly the entire corridor length. Natural daylight flows throughout the building, even interior spaces, where large round skylights fill the two story atrium and corridors.
By making the addition two stories, this compact solution provided an additional 80,000 square feet of space and 30 new classrooms, while only expanding the original 140,000 square foot footprint by only 47,000 square feet. Additional new programmatic spaces included administrative offices, a K-3 gymnasium and a K-3 cafeteria.
This compact building solution also allowed architects to deal with the inadequate and congested parking situation. By avoiding building expansion to the north, they were able to move parking northeast of the building, where the parking lot could be much larger and remote from the site access points, providing significantly greater vehicle queuing space along the driveway.
Also, by wrapping the addition around the more visible southeast and east sides of the existing building provided the added benefit of showcasing their investment to the community and its taxpayers.
Photos: Areo-Fotografik, LLC