Project Detail

International College | Ras Beirut Elementary School

New Grade 1-5 Facility | Beirut, Lebanon

The new 750-student elementary school located on the main campus of International College in Beirut, Lebanon replaces an existing elementary school located off campus. The 180,000-sf facility includes a 60,000-sf bus and parking garage and new central plant that will serve the entire campus. The scheme arranges three limestone-clad buildings, connected together at the lowest level, around outdoor courtyards, stairways, and rooftop playgrounds. This arrangement diminishes the project's size and knits it into the fabric of the surrounding campus. It is the first LEED building in Lebanon, certified LEED Gold.

Urban Fabric: The new Library/Classroom building fits comfortably within the multi-layed, highly articulated architecture that epitomizes Beiruts modern buildings.

Varied Fenestration: The vertical window shape of the new school re-interprets the pattern created by the striped awnings that cover many Beirut buildings.

Honors and Awards

2014 Citation for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects

Time Span 2011–2013
Type New Grade 1–5 Facility
Client International College
Size 18,000 square meters (190,000 square feet)
Cost $25.4 million
Design Team David Croteau, Principle-in-Charge; Kelley Banks, Project Architect; Joseph Marshall, Project Designer
Local Architect Khatib & Alami
Consultants Khatib & Alami (Structural/MEP Engineer); DG Jones (Cost Estimator); BuroHappold Engineering (Energy Consultant); LAB [3.2] Architecture (Interior Architect)
General Contractor MAN Enterprise
Photographer Lane Barden
Certifications Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Gold

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