The E.J. Dillon Middle school project included an 80,000 sf addition and extensive renovations to an existing building housing approximately 750 students in grades 5-8. The addition was the largest component of a $41 million capital project for the Phoenix Central School District which also included a new bus garage, athletic structures added at the high school athletic fields, and extensive renovations to several other school buildings.
The addition consists of a new main entrance and lobby, gymnasium, and a classroom component consisting of a two story classroom wing and two large instrumental music rooms which were designed with the input of an acoustical consultant. One of the primary challenges with the addition was the relocation and design of a new centrally located main entrance and lobby to serve the addition and existing building both.
The E.J. Dillon Middle School project has been awarded LEED Silver certification. The design team worked with the owner to participate in a NYSERDA sponsored program which offers financial incentives for reduced energy consumption. This is facilitated through commissioning of the building systems to maximize operating efficiencies and includes an innovative exterior envelope commissioning component which has been approved by NYSERDA.
Photos by John Griebsch Photography