Location: Geraldine Johnson Elementary School in Bridgeport, Connecticut
Area: 105,000 Square Feet
Architecturally, Geraldine Johnson Elementary School was designed in a series of layers. Housing 750 students in Grades Pre K-8, the academic wing is the first layer, designed in the same scale and harmony to the surrounding neighborhood. The common wing, directly connected to the academic wing, includes the gymnasium, media center, cafetorium, and student service center.
Additionally, the new $53.3M elementary school is designed to accommodate extensive community use after school hours. Security of the building is maintained through strategically-located doors. For instance, the gymnasium can be used without permitting access elsewhere in the school by closing the doors to the main corridor of the academic wing.
Initially, we worked with Viridian Energy & Environmental to create a sustainably-designed, energy-efficient facility. Although it was decided during the design phase by the client that the school would not be LEED-Certified, the school has been designed to implement energy-efficient systems throughout and meet LEED Silver requirements.