New York, New York Dalton School 150,000 sf
Short on space, the Dalton School – among the most progressive K-12 independent schools in New York City – turned to Helpern Architects for a comprehensive master plan for its four-building complex.
Once the plan was accepted, we transformed the main building over the next summers. The first project was to insert a floor above the gym, which created a new, skylit, 6,000-sf visual arts center. The lower half of that space became a series of new classrooms.
The most dramatic change was the 8,000-sf science center, where a crescent-shaped corridor enclosed faculty workspaces with wall-to-wall windows that in turn overlooked laboratory classrooms. On the other side of the corridor was a center for independent and group laboratory research.
We also expanded Dalton’s cafeteria and student center, improved the main lobby, renovated the theater, and upgraded power distribution.