Malone Central School District Ellenburgh Depot, NY
District-wide Capital Improvements
This rural school district undertook a comprehensive additions and renovations project to re-invent its 1929 original high school into a 21st century middle school. Design solutions provided space for expanded educational programs ensuring the middle school, the literal and figurative center of Malone, remains a vibrant part of the community.
Approximately 7,000 square feet of existing construction from the 1970’s was stripped down to its structural bones to make way for a seamless connection of a two-story, 15,000 square foot addition. New and renovated spaces include cafeteria, classrooms, computer and science labs, library, music and band rooms, guidance suite, main office and secure entry vestibule and lobby.
The new lobby entrance provides improved security and direct access to the new main office suites. Upon entering, visibility is provided past the vestibule and through the cafeteria, the heart of the student community. North facing glazing lines the length of the cafeteria, allowing daylight to fill the space and offer views to the outdoors.
Second-story classrooms were designed with window openings reminiscent of the historic classrooms. These expansive window bays located along the north and west façade of the classroom addition, provide learning spaces with abundant natural daylight and views out beyond the schools property, creating a healthy environment for student learning.
Program needs were met in energy-conscious ways utilizing a wood-pellet-sourced heating system and low maintenance interior and exterior finishes. The original coal storage room was converted into wood pellet storage, which feeds state of the art boilers in the existing mechanical space.
In-house services included Architecture, Construction Management and Interior Design.
American Institute of Architects
Eastern New York Chapter, 2013 Design Award
“CSArch has been a staunch advocate for our school district during an extremely ambitious and condensed one-year capital construction project. The leaders of CSArch never left the owner’s side night or day, including weekends, so that we could successfully have students occupy all of our buildings on opening day.”
Wayne C. Wallbridge, Superintendent of Schools