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Hackley School 

Hackley School 

Project Information

Honors and Awards

Hackley School
Tarrytown, NY
  • ​​Campus Planning

  • Renovation  (LEED Gold)

  • Restoration/Preservation

  • Transformation

  • New Construction

  • Multiple Projects

  • 2012 AIA Connecticut Honor Award​

  • ​2011 AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Honor Award​​​

  • 2012 Historical Society of Tarrytown Preservation Award

  • 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects NY Merit Award

  • 2011 Learning by Design Citation of Excellence

  • 2010 GE Edison Award of Merit

  • 2010 Learning by Design Citation of Excellence

  • 2009 AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Design Award

  • 2009 American School & University Elementary School Citation

  • 2007 American School & University Campus Planning Citation

Hackley is an independent, coeducational boarding and day school, founded in 1899.  It is located on a 280-acre wooded site in Westchester County, NY and serves 900 students in grades K to 12.​

Our work at Hackley has been extensive, beginning in 1998 with a campus master plan.  The original campus had been compromised by the haphazard placement of buildings, roads, and parking areas juxtaposed against Hackley's iconic stone and tudor-style buildings.  Our plan, organized around original and new quadrangles, placed parking and roads at the perimeter of the campus.  The master plan has been implemented in phases over the past 20 years.

Our completed projects have transformed the campus, respecting the aesthetic and communal spirit of the  original design, and strengthening Hackley's academic mission.​

  • Saperstein Middle School, the Science Center, and Allen Memorial Hall​

  • Kathleen Allen Lower School​

  • Goodhue Memorial Hall and Sternberg Library​

  • Raymond Hall and Kroeger Arch​

  • New and renovated quadrangles​

  • New athletic fields and trails​

  • New Faculty Housing


Campus Planning

In 1998, we prepared a master plan to evaluate options for long-term development and return the campus to its original roots.  The plan created a core academic campus of four connected outdoor spaces based on the idea of the original quadrangle. A second quadrangle — a meadow — connects to a third quadrangle, a small cloister courtyard.  The fourth quadrangle, a south-facing courtyard is formed by the wings of a new lower school that sits on a hill defining the edge of the meadow quad.  The four quadrangles form a pedestrian zone uninterrupted by roads and parking, which have been moved to the perimeter of the pedestrian precinct.  

To create the quadrangles, three of the object buildings were demolished.  New buildings—the middle school, science building, and lower school—were designed with single-loaded corridors facing south toward the outdoor open spaces, encouraging participation in the Hackley's communal life.  The buildings and outdoor spaces define the academic heart of the campus.​

A second master plan prepared ten years later addressed development of the campus to the north.  This area would become the new athletics and recreation precinct with a new Athletic Center, new athletic fields, and an elevated walkway through the wetland nature preserve.


Sternberg Library at Goodhue Memorial Hall

Hackley School, founded in 1903 as a prep school for boys; serves a co-ed population of 900 students in grades K to 12. The library at Hackley was located in Goodhue Memorial Hall, a neoclassical stone building that has graced the main quadrangle for more than 100 years.  On August 4, 2007, lightning struck the roof of Goodhue, sparking a massive fire that destroyed the wood structure and interior, leaving only the masonry shell. Goodhue re-opened in September 2010 with its exterior completely restored.  A new steel structure was inserted inside the stone walls, and a new second story was added to the original structure, doubling its interior space from 8,000 sf to 16,000 sf while  modifying its footprint slightly. 

The new Sternberg library occupies the entire second floor of Goodhue.  The main reading room is distinguished by a barrel-vaulted ceiling of acoustically-absorbing plaster which resembles the ceiling of the original library. All of the new interior finishes evoke the spirit of Goodhue’s classical beginnings. 

Sternberg was designed to foster collaborative learning; it is not a silent space. On either side of the central space, digital student workstations overlook the main quadrangle to the southeast; glass-enclosed group study rooms face northwest.  These spaces, classrooms and offices for the librarians and staff are all transparent to each other.  The library, with its connections to the main quad and the campus, is a natural destination--an active place filled with students all the time.

Goodhue received LEED Gold certification.  With its new geothermal heating and cooling system, heavily insulated exterior and new windows, the energy loss through the building’s skin has been reduced by approximately 70 percent. Goodhue, now doubled in size, uses only 10-15% of the energy required by the original.  


Athletic Fields & Trails

Hackley is an independent, coed boarding and day school, founded in 1899.  It is located on a 280-acre wooded site in Westchester County, and serves 900 students in grades K to 12.

The new Kathleen Allen Lower School features a multipurpose gymnasium that is appropriately scaled for young children.  It is used for physical education classes, plays, and concerts.  The school also has multiple places for outdoor recreation, including a south-facing play courtyard.

Akin Common is a new "meadow quadrangle" made up of elliptical green spaces.  The main space is an all-weather turf surface used for active by the Lower School and passive recreation for the Middle and Upper Schools.

To the north of the main campus, we designed a new track and football field, a new multipurpose field, baseball and softball fields, cross country trails, and a new elevated walkway through a wetland preserve.​

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