South Buffalo Charter School is a new elementary charter school facility serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. The site is located adjacent to the Buffalo River and was developed in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield Cleanup Program. This significant endeav-or revives a vacant brownfield contiguous with a residential area of South Buffalo, transforming it into a beneficial part of the neighbor-hood fabric. The site plan was thoughtfully developed to address a series of concerns including mitigation of localized environmental site conditions, providing safe interaction of pedestrians and vehicles, conservation of land for future use, and the local flood plain.
The building was innovatively and intelligently designed with simple materials and geometries to create a light filled entrance lobby and durable exterior, serving as a counterpoint to the natural setting. The school’s amenities include a Gymnasium, Auditorium and Cafeteria, organized around a two story lobby which also functions as the gathering and circulation hub for school day and after-hours activities.
A two story classroom and support services wing is connected to the lobby. Classrooms are arranged in a basic double-loaded corridor concept with centrally located support spaces, promoting efficient access in a simple organization.