Robert Brent Elementary School’s full modernization in 2009 omitted two major components: exterior fenestration well past its service life, and no elevator. These two design projects, built concurrently in Summer 2017, addressed those deficiencies. Aging aluminum windows and precast spandrel panels in poor condition were removed, allowing the two-story fenestration bays to be equipped with a continuous window wall system.
Floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural daylight deep into the classrooms, while colored glazing provides a fun accent, enlivening the facade. The entrances to the new elevator hoistway provide a colorful focal point at at each floor’s corridor, introducing natural forms in the textured gypsum panels.