The new Westmont Area Elementary School was the outcome of a prior district-wide optimization plan that called for the realignment of the district’s grade-level structure. The resulting new school is located on the site of the former Westmont Hilltop Middle School which was demolished as part of this project.
The available area for the new building was extremely limited as the site also houses the high school sports field/track complex. Substantial site reconfiguration was needed to better accommodate separation between cars, buses, and pedestrians. Located in the historic district of Luzerne Street - a nationally recognized streetscape - a careful selection of materials including stone, cement board clapboard, brick, and metal panels harmonizes with the neighborhood vernacular. The resulting solution entails construction of a high performance 3 story ICF (Insulated Concrete Form) classroom building.
The building is functionally configured by floor into three “schools” of kindergarten, grades 1 to 3 and grades 4 to 6. Upper level classrooms are instructionally “paired” with science/math and english/social studies.
To contain costs, the gymnasium wing of the former middle school was retained and incorporated into the new building. The gymnasium itself now houses a smaller gym, performance stage, cafeteria, kitchen, and updated locker rooms. Former shop areas of the 1977 metal building structure made way for a new STEM learning center, vocal & instrumental music suite, computer labs, art and library space.