Spring Lake Heights Elementary School Addition
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Posted: May 21, 2020 | Projects
When Spiezle Architectural Group first conducted a feasibility study of the Spring Lake Heights School District in 2017, they found that the elementary school’s art and science labs were not up to today’s standards.
Photo Courtesy of Megan Brock
With Spiezle’s expertise in creating engaging and modern learning spaces, the team was able to offer a solution that not only enhanced the school’s art and science classrooms, but also reconfigured other classrooms to create flexible and dynamic spaces; including a new multimedia/STEAM room, music room and a new pre-kindergarten classroom, which created revenue for the district.
Spring Lake Heights Elementary School is in Spring Lake, New Jersey, a mile from Spring Lake Beach. The school currently has 350 students enrolled in grades pre-kindergarten through eighth. The school is the hub of the community and is extremely popular. Many students’ parents and even grandparents were once students at the school. The 61,000-square-foot elementary school was built in in 1933, with additions in 1947, 1955, 1972, and 2006, leaving most of the classroom spaces outdated and out-of-touch with today’s standards of learning.
The plan focused on two parts: a 3,800-square-foot addition to house the new art and science classrooms, and renovations to approximately 58,213 square feet of existing classroom space and the lobby. Additionally, two new playgrounds were constructed: one for the new pre-k students and one for the remaining students.
The addition was strategically designed to create a dynamic and active learning environment to fulfill the District’s goal of enhancing their STEAM-focused learning curriculum. With plenty of natural light, the space was shaped to be flexible to meet the current and future needs of the District. While the addition features two dedicated classrooms (one for art and one for science), it also features a glass collaboration space between the classrooms to allow for cross-disciplinary learning.
“The students’ faces just light up when they go into the art or science classroom,” said Steve Siegel, AIA, LEED AP, a principal at Spiezle who oversees the K-12 market sector. “You can tell they’re so excited to learn.”
The original art and science classrooms were converted into a music classroom and a pre-k classroom. The old music classroom was converted into an IDEA Studio (Innovation, Design, Engineering, & Art) which houses a Makerspace-themed portion, along with the TV studio which produces the daily news. Directly behind the pre-k classroom, a new fenced-in playground was designed and installed. An additional playground for the rest of the students was designed and installed next to the pre-k playground. To increase safety for the students, the school’s lobby was renovated to create a secure vestibule.
Due to careful planning and cost estimation, the project came in under budget. Besides the added revenue from the creation of a pre-k classroom, solar panels cover the entire flat roof and all new LED lighting was installed in the existing building to help offset energy costs, further saving the district money. The end result is a school that will be able to remain flexible and dynamic while providing a state-of-the-art learning environment that will excite students well into the future.
Building Envelope: Imetco
Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America
Architect & Cost Estimator
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
1395 Yardville Hamilton Square Road, #2A
Hamilton, NJ 08691
40 Knowles Street
Pennington, NJ 08534
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
265 Industrial Way, W.
Eatontown, NJ 07724
M & M Construction
540 North Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Date Bid: Jul 2018
Construction Period: Jul 2018 to Dec 2019
Total Square Feet: 61,900
Site: 10.72 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 2 classrooms, seating 50.
Building Sizes: First floor, 61,900; total, 61,900 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, varies 10’ to 21’; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation/E-Use/2B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade, perimeter footing.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, aluminum storefront.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.