On the Hill Campus, the new Aquatic Center, shown above in an artist's rendering, has opened this fall. Work on the Zambetti Athletic Center, which will result in two gyms and an expanded Health and Fitness Center located in the space previously occupied by the old swimming pool, is expected to be completed this year.
On the River Campus, a new classroom building, above, has opened.
The 23,000-square-foot building includes classrooms for grades three to five, a cafeteria, a theater, and flexible learning/community spaces. Designed by Architecture Research Office with Open, a design firm, the building draws on the natural beauty of the site with open views of the Hudson. Architectural details connect the contemporary look of the building to the existing historic structures. To read a story about the project in School Construction News, click here. To watch a video about how the new building will enhance teaching and learning, click here.
The design reflects Riverdale's vision for the 21st Century. Education will have to be flexible and responsive to rapidly-changing times as well as "playful, creative, dynamic, and interesting," Randolph said. Learning will not constrained by walls. "The classrooms are important but so are the spaces outside the classrooms," he said. "The hallways are actually places for learning. The student center will be a place obviously to eat but also to meet and talk. Throughout the building there are these wonderful ways where we make sure that learning doesn't just happen in the classroom space, it happens in your life."
Social and emotional growth are as important as academic learning, he said, and that growth comes from working with others. "As you move into the building, you'll understand that it is an organic, human building that tries to look at the whole child," he said. "I think of this building as an experience. That's what people are going to notice when they walk into this building eventually. It's an experience. You'll go in and feel that experience of being with other people, working with other people, living with other people, and learning with other people."
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