The Green Vale School celebrated the groundbreaking of the new academic building and renovations, designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) and being constructed by Cook and Krupa. The ceremony, held on June 1, was attended by trustees, administrators, faculty, students and the project team. Construction is estimated to be completed in August 2019.
The new 58,000 square feet project, which comprises both new space and renovations to existing space, will replace the former Upper School classroom building with a new facility that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math to encourage interdisciplinary exploration, collaboration and project-based learning amongst students in grades 6-8. The new construction will connect to the renovated existing Iselin Center, home to arts and humanities programs, with the merging of two campus into a single all-school library.
“Having worked on the Green Vale Campus for close to 20 years, we are excited to be part of the continuing transformation that occurs on campus. It is a great honor in being able to partner with Green Vale and SLAM in making this project become a reality,” says Richard Morandi, Vice President, Cook and Krupa, LLC.
The new building’s interior spaces to include a renovated all-school Library, a new math and science center, with a new maker space, and new classrooms for grades 6-8, group study areas, an enhanced main lobby and admissions area, and a student gallery. On the building’s exterior, a new open space is planned on the south side, creating outdoor learning opportunities that will enhance the adjacent science labs.
“We are pleased to partner with Green Vale and Cook and Krupa in making their vision for the new academic building and renovation a reality. This period of transformation will enhance Green Vale’s educational space and help to preserve the consistency of architectural style on the main quad, while igniting interaction and discovery between the diverse disciplines occupying these spaces,” says Richard Connell, FAIA, SLAM Principal-in-Charge.
Cook and Krupa’s previous work on campus includes the Early Childhood Building, Lower School East Renovation and Addition, Watters Center and the Lower School East, West Entrance Modification. SLAM’s previous work on campus includes Lower School East Renovation and Addition, Watters Center and completion of the Campus Master Plan that inspired the new academic building and renovations.