Eslyn Henley Richiez Learning Centre

This project is the replacement of an All-age Special Educational Needs School destroyed in Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The new design represents long-term planning to provide a fully handicap accessible state-of-the-art facility. The new school will include Sensory and Therapy Rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor trampolines for Rebound Therapy, Outdoor Classrooms, and Hoists to aid in transferring non-ambulatory students.

The local species of Iguana inspired the arrangement of articulated/ indented volumes along a central spine with special attention to the processional experience at the ‘head” (entry) and “tail” (exit).  The school also features a central hallway roofed with translucent polycarbonate panels.  This central beacon also functions as a wind-scoop and thermal chimney with placement of extensive louvers along its sides. ​​​​​


DESIGNED: 2018-2021

COMPLETION: Projected 2024