University of Pittsburgh: Falk Laboratory School

University of Pittsburgh: Falk Laboratory School

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In direct response to an increased demand on an aging facility, the Falk Laboratory School commissioned Perkins Eastman to lead the renovation and addition to the existing 27,000 sf building. The 39,000 sf addition includes newly programmed spaces for science, art, and music and library, as well as a larger communal area for students, faculty, and families. The design successfully resolves an otherwise challenging site while creating usable outdoor teaching spaces and a formal connection to the lush, wooded hillside behind the school.
An extension of the University’s School of Education, the Falk Laboratory School is a research facility exploring new teaching methods, assessing student outcomes, and documenting its findings for the benefit of the greater educational community. The current program, which serves 275 children in grades K to eighth grade, will be expanded to include two full sections in each grade with a total enrollment of more than 400 students.
AWARDS
University of Pittsburgh: Falk Laboratory School, The Council of Educational Facility Planners, Northeast Region: Edward Kirkbride Award (2013)