The Neptune Community School serves a total of 700 students from PK through fifth grade, over 150,000 square feet. Spaces designated for both community and student use include a safety and security center, a full-size gym and assembly area, a wellness clinic equipped with for a wide variety of health programs, a parenting and tutoring center, an outdoor amphitheater, and the renovation of an adjacent warehouse into an early childhood center.
Like the schools’ exterior, the interior spaces offer welcoming, safe, sophisticated, learning areas that enhance the educational experience and make the building itself a powerful teaching tool. Features include glass doors on mechanical closets where students can study the school’s LEED-Platinum certified, energy saving systems in action, transparent raised flooring displaying the school’s cabling systems, and a rooftop garden designed with Liberty Science Center, that offers 6,000 s.f. of greened space suitable for a variety of outdoor experiments. Also included within the design is a photovoltaic solar system. The specialized nature of this project has led to the development of specialized curriculum for environmental studies, now in place at all district schools.