Project Scope: KG+D’s collaboration with Darien High School began with a comprehensive study that explored options for both the expansion and re-imagination of the cafeteria in order to effectively maximize space and seating. The renovated and expanded cafeteria is open and light-filled and looks onto the high school athletic fields. The school’s mascot, The Blue Wave, is featured on an acoustic paneled wall that separates the cafeteria and a connecting corridor. There are various options for dining including counter height bars and seating. A a break-out lounge space utilizes flexible, soft seating and white boards to facilitate informal learning and collaboration.
The Tuckahoe Union Free School District held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 27, 2019 marking the beginning of construction for additions and renovations to the William E. Cottle Elementary School. The project includes a second floor and security vestibule addition as well as field and infrastructure upgrades.
The 9,973sf second floor addition adds 6 classrooms and a teacher’s conference room addressing overcrowding and a projected growing enrollment. The new addition also features a Maker Space and the corridor utilizes the opportunity to extend learning beyond the classroom with collaboration “pods,” built in benches and a gathering area with flexible furniture adjacent to one of the new connecting stairwells.
A new 1,548sf security vestibule and security office with increased visibility, will be added at the main entry adjacent to the principal’s office. The project will also address critical infrastructure projects throughout the building.
The Cottle Elementary School project is part of a larger bond referendum that also includes the replacement of the turf athletic field and various infrastructure projects at the High School/Middle School.
“KG+D is proud to partner with the Tuckahoe Union Free School District to complete these important projects,” said Russell Davidson, FAIA President of KG+D Architects, “The new addition will provide next generation learning spaces for a growing student body, enhance school security and address important infrastructure needs.”
The construction will commence immediately with the project slated to be complete by Summer 2020.