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Case Study 3

Rochester City School District, James P.B. Duffy School #12

Rochester, NY

Before

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reconstruction and additions supporting urban renewal
  • Re-design of the entire circulation system
  • Unique and special learning nodes created throughout
  • Addition of daylighting via new windows, storefronts, curtainwalls, skylights and glazed structural roof pyramids

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Before

See After  

Design Highlights

  • New entrance canopy creating a welcoming and bright beacon for students
  • New light court/atrium providing daylighting to internal classrooms, lobby, office, library and corridor spaces
  • New stairwells allowing for proper exiting

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UNIQUE DESIGN SOLUTIONS

  • 84 energy efficient windows were cut into the existing masonry walls, improving natural light, ventilation to classroom space, views and providing a new ‘public face’ to the main street
  • Sharing of knowledge and cross grade learning via connecting doors and pockets of space which promote small group conversations

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Before

See After  

UNIQUE DESIGN SOLUTIONS

  • Existing corridor system abandoned in favor of a new pattern of circulation, new stairwells and elevator, allowing for program access and ADA accessibility

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Before

DESIGN CHALLENGES

  • Re-imaging existing plan and front elevation to eliminate the open plan
  • Create safe exits and add large amounts of natural light
  • Capture 14 classroom spaces inside the building that were too far from the outside wall

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Before

See After  

DESIGN CHALLENGES

  • Redesign of the circulation system to include new corridors on 2nd and 3rd floors and four new stairwells for safe exiting
  • Better classroom acoustics

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