Jefferson Elementary School is one of five elementary schools in the Summit Public School District. As Summit’s Architect-of-Record EI Associates is designing additions to both Jefferson and Franklin Elementary School to address Summit’s expanding student population. The proposed Jefferson addition has been designed to not only provide additional classroom space, but to also address site circulation, safety and security concerns. This two-story addition will provide the District with five Small Group Instruction Rooms, Special Ed Classrooms and toilet rooms on the second floor and a new main security entrance and main office area as well as multi-purpose lobby on the lower level. To provide better circulation and utilize the sloped site, the design includes a new terraced outdoor educational area, walkways and new entrance structure.
Drawing cues from the signature architectural achievement of our nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello residence, the new entrance structure will provide a readily-identifiable main entrance and provide a symbol of our country’s rich history. Designed as a skeletal structure, the new entrance will be a modern interpretation of the Monticello dome and will provide students and the community a historic link to the past.