Southampton School #3

Vincentown, NJ

This was our first new-construction school, and it set a pattern. Like subsequently in Tabernacle, Eastampton, and Hainesport, referendums had failed twice under another firm. We were hired, helped pass the referendum (hence the “Referendums” in our RYEBREAD moniker), built the project within budget, and stayed on as the District’s Architect-of-Record.

As presented in our initial proposal to the Board, we first reorganized the property. A new driveway for buses eased traffic congestion on- and off-site. At the same time, it increased safety by separating buses from parent drop-off. We designed a pedestrian canopy that tied School #1 to Schools #2 and #3, creating a unified campus.

On the exterior, the building takes on the casual massing of vernacular buildings, as well as details from the other two buildings. The brick colors were derived from School #1 and School #2.

On the interior, School #3 continues the “thoroughfare and wings” floor plan of School #2, creating an opportunity for future expansion. New facilities included not only Classrooms, but also Science Labs, a Gymatorium, Special Ed, Offices, and Instructional Media Center.

Over the last two decades, RYEBREAD has worked with the Southampton Board and Administration in making incremental capital improvements to their buildings: handicapped accessibility, roofing, security, windows, and interior alterations to enhance the educational mission.

Completion: 1996
Client: Southampton Board of Education; Vincentown, NJ
RYEBREAD Project Manager: Scott Charles England
MPE Engineer: Schiller & Hersh; Oreland, PA
Structural Engineer: Robert Rosen; Conshohocken, PA
Civil Engineer: Lord, Anderson, Worrell & Barnett; Burlington, NJ
General Contractor: Ray Angelini, Inc.; Sewell, NJ