High-performance building for high-performance learning
Of the three new elementary schools specified in the Roosevelt Union Free School District’s master plan, the Ulysses Byas School occupied the smallest site, and therefore, required the most compact design solution. With a program identical to that developed for Washington Rose Elementary School and Centennial Elementary School, the building was conceived as one of three sites “layers,” with its bar shape separating vehicular traffic from play areas. The linear bar is pierced by an open, through-block lobby of which one side forms the main entry and the other is an entry for after-hours events. A two-story library over the main entry provides a visual and functional focal point that relieves an otherwise long corridor and opens interior feature spaces such as the lobby, cafeteria, and library to daylight.