For city residents, their school buildings have been woven into the fabric of their communities over decades, acting as community centers. In many cases, however, those buildings haven’t been renovated and updated for students in decades.
Anna Murray-Douglass School No. 12, formerly named for James P.B. Duffy, located on South Avenue, is a prime example of this. The existing building had an open-classroom layout with poor acoustics and very limited daylighting. It was also in need of improvements for safe exiting.
SEI Design Group was hired to redesign a building for 21st century learning, bringing it back to life with enclosed classrooms, natural daylighting, a reconfigured circulation system and state-of-the-art technology.
SEI worked to completely renovate the building, finishing their work in time for a grand opening in the fall of 2016. The new building offered extensive improvements for students and faculty alike.
Small additions were made, new window openings were created, and two “light courts” with overhead skylights were added. Stairwells were replaced, as were all heating, cooling and electrical systems.
This was all done with the aim to give the community a gathering and learning space for decades to come, instead of demolishing a piece of Rochester history.