Babylon High School


As part of a $16 million bond referendum, Gruzen Samton • IBI Group provided design services for the restoration of all schools in the Babylon Union Free School District. Work completed under this initiative involved three educational facilities and included both renovations and additions to these structures. For the project team, this complicated initiative represented a simultaneous, district wide effort to design and construct multiple projects. In addition to extensive building infrastructure and system upgrades, these complex projects involved extensive internal renovations to accommodate curriculum and program changes. Construction on all projects was carefully phased and scheduled to allow for continuous use of the respective facilities. The design team carefully monitored the estimated cost throughout all design phases, allowing for all projects to be completed on budget and within a tight schedule. In order to meet the demands of a growing student population, Babylon High School required four new classrooms. By moving and consolidating several office suites, we created room for the supplemental instructional space within the existing building, minimizing the need for new construction. Gruzen Samton • IBI Group also reconfigured the existing 6,700-sf library to include the new, state-of-the-art Library/Media Center, as well as multiple administrative offices. In addition, we created a new 3,300-sf hall to house a prominent and distinctive main entry for the school complex. Design highlights included the addition of clerestory windows, positioned high along the exterior walls, to increase natural light and reduce glare; a new entryway capitalizing on a library update by creating a community connection; exposed ceiling surfaces and steel frame (painted white) contributing to a sense of openness; extensive renovations including new furnishings & finishes, as well as installation of a new lighting system and acoustic banners. Gruzen Samton • IBI group