Dover Elementary School
The new additions consist of 12 additional classrooms in a two-story addition, a multi-purpose room with a stage, a full service kitchen, toilet facilities, a new main entrance lobby and a new District Administration Office with a separate entrance. The scope of renovation included a new HVAC system, fire suppression system, security system, new classroom casework and new floor finishes as well as window replacement in classrooms and a new EPDM roof.
The new entrance and lobby separates the educational learning spaces from public spaces such as the multi-purpose room and library. The entry vestibule provides security card access control and requires all visitors to enter the building through the supervised administration area. Due to site limitations and building set-back constraints, students transported by bus and vehicle enter at different entry points of the main Lobby. Bussed students enter the school from the school’s main entrance which is designated with a bus canopy. Students transported by parents enter the building from the rear of the Main Lobby. This entry point is designated by a plaza with hardscaped and landscaped features, the new District Administration Office and a separate entrance into the new two-story classroom addition.
An additional design feature includes a unique building signage which incorporates an image of an eagle, the school mascot, on a perforated metal panel into a brise soleil. The brise soleil provides shading of natural daylight in the Multi-Purpose Room and casts the eagle image across the resinous athletic flooring. The integration of the eagle into the shading device also helps distinguish the main entrance of the building and transforms the facade at night with an internal glow.