Stony Brook Elementary School

Fraytak Veisz Hopkins Duthie, P.C.









HOPEWELL VALLEY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Pennington, New Jersey

Size: 88,622 SF
Capacity: 540, Grades: K-5
Construction Cost: $11M
Completed: 2002

Stony Brook Elementary School is a unique educational facility that supports the school district’s expansive educational philosophy and provides a creative learning environment for students to “be their personal best.” An overall theme was developed for the new school - “Searching for Truth, Appreciating Beauty, Demonstrating Goodness.” Architects and educators collaborated to express these principles throughout the facility in a “reaching for the stars” theme. This theme is first introduced on the exterior facade of the building with decorative masonry stars featured as “icons” at the main entrance. Once inside the lobby the theme is enhanced with blue terrazzo stars designed into the white terrazzo floor and ceiling tiles that feature cut-out stars. Beyond the main entry, the school’s design includes a spacious rotunda featuring a magnificent celestial mural created and painted by a renowned artist. The rotunda serves as a central axis point to the school’s core facilities - gymnasium, media center and cafetorium - all which radiate from the lobby. Classrooms are included in the two-story wing.  Also, the school was constructed with a Geothermal HVAC system.  This project was awarded Second Place New Buildings in the 2003 New Jersey School Boards Association Third Annual Architects Competition & Awards Display.
 
 
 
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