470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Location: Buffalo, New York
Date Bid: Sep 2010
Construction Period: Sep 2010 to Sep 2011
Total Square Feet: 43,047 Site: 5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 25 classrooms with seating for 24 each.
Building Size: First floor, 27,847; second floor, 15,200; total,
43,047 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’; second floor, 13’; total,
Basic Construction Type: Addition.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Metal panels. Roof: Built-up.
Floors: Concrete, metal deck. Interior Walls: Metal stud
Structural, Plumbing, Electrical & Civil Engineering: Trautman
Associates - 470 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
General Contractor: Ellicott Development Company - 295 Main
Street, #210, Buffalo, NY 14203
Mechanical Engineer: Allied Mechanical, Inc. - 1111 Niagara
Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
Landscape Architect: Trautman Associates - 470 Franklin Street,
Buffalo, NY 14202
Consistent with the mission of Tapestry Charter School, the concept of
weaving together the new and old structures to form a visual tapestry
came to fruition in a continuity of spaces designed to meet the diverse
requirements of a K-12 building program. The new construction not only
physically expands the square footage of the school as a whole but also
amplifies the visual environment of the local community with a vibrant
modern aesthetic designed to meet the demands of a 21st century
The project initially was divided into two phases: Phase I involved the
conversion of an existing bowling alley into the high school, while
Phase II involved new construction of the grade school, executed the
following year, in an effort to consolidate all K-12 students onto a
single campus. All new construction was designed with the goal of
seamless transition into the integrated grade school program. The hinge
between the old and new buildings is a single story space housing school
offices, cafeteria, music room and the kindergarten classrooms which
have direct access to the children's playground built on the playfields
north of the building.
The K-6 program was envisioned to complement the high school, sharing
some common resources yet providing a colorful environment suited to
childhood development. Articulating the continuity of interior space
surfaces was key to achieving the design vision, such as specifying
polished floors and an open ceiling plan throughout, not only enhancing
visual continuity but also cutting costs on a limited budget. Close
attention was given to routing the ductwork and lighting making the
design aesthetically pleasing with easy access to the mechanical,
electrical, and plumbing equipment. Direct and indirect lights were a
feature of the lighting scheme throughout.
The main entrance to the grade school features a two-story atrium that
is a dynamic entry to the interior spaces of the building. A decorative
stair is directly adjacent to the atrium, visually connecting the two
floors. Shared access between the grade school and the high school
allows for optimized use of the cafeteria, stage area, and gymnasium.
The majority of the building exterior is a two-tone white metal panel
system, designed with subtle variations to provide architectural
distinction at a lower cost. Red coping at the top of the wall was
designed as a decorative cap that functions as a rain screen wall,
allowing the building to weep any penetrating moisture, modeled on the
example of a masonry wythe wall. The cafeteria is faced with the same
red as the coping and features a curtain wall with a sunshade and shelf
to bounce natural light into the building interior. The main entrances
all have decorative translucent canopies that help visually unify
Tapestry Charter School.
Metal Panels: Approximately 14,000 sq.ft. of Laminators' Omega-Lite ACM
panels in Brite Red, Bone White and Ascot White on exterior of the
building. Gypsum Systems of Elma, NY installed the ACM panels using
Laminators' 2-piece molding system. Buffalo Sales of Buffalo, NY
supplied the panels for the project.
Built Up Roof: Firestone
Lighting: PMC, LSI Industries
Windows: Litex, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®