This new school for grades 2-5 was designed as a traditional country school in a contemporary vocabulary. Arranged in a “house” pattern, the building contains four different secondary corridors or “houses” that radiate out; one for each grade level and one for special education and special subjects. Shared community spaces including the cafeteria, library, main office, art and computer rooms are located in the main corridor and easily accessible to all grade levels.
This new K-4 school is a traditional village school that replaced Pleasantville’s original Bedford Road School, built in 1909. The design program led to a new building that is nearly twice the size of the earlier school and follows a house plan, with separate areas for kindergarten, and grades 1-2 and 3-4. By locating the kindergarten house close to the front entrance, Kindergarteners receive a “slow entry” into the public school environment. Every kindergarten room has its own toilet room and exit doors to exterior play areas and gardens. This floor plan eliminates the need for younger children to regularly cross paths with older children, even when traveling to shared spaces such as the cafeteria and gymnasium.
The new facility features a mini-theatre and full-size gymnasium on the north end of the school that can be closed off and utilized by the community outside of school hours. The cafeteria has expansive windows and skylights that allow in natural light creating a bright and inviting common space. Connecting classrooms support team teaching and provide added security. Other major elements include music and art suites, and a large library with a stepped reading alcove and adjacent technology classroom.
KG+D collaborated with White Plains Public Schools on athletic facilities projects that included the installation of two artificial turf athletic fields at two different sites, two stadiums including 1,300 bleacher seats at White Plains High School, press boxes, locker facilities, lighting, track and field events and installation and the reconstruction of tennis courts.