The Community Building at the Cold Spring School (K-6) was first developed conceptually by Turner Brooks Architect working with the Cold Spring School on a master plan for the expansion of the school. The site is a small block located in a traditional mixed-use industrial/residential zone, and the original main building for the school resides in a renovated brick mattress factory. Implementing the first phase of this plan, Turner Brooks Architect designed major renovations to two existing houses on lots adjacent to the existing main classroom building, transforming them to facilities for art and music. This work was completed in 2010. Six years later the Community Building broke ground.
The new Community Building is located on a corner site on the northeast end of the campus block opposite the original classroom building. The main entrance opens up to the street corner and the residential neighborhood of which it is a part. One enters the multi-purpose space through a lobby under a mezzanine. The main space serves for music and theater performance, indoor sports activities, and other all school events including graduation. The slightly bending plan and section of the building focus the space to the performance area opposite the mezzanine. A stage can be erected adjacent to the climbing wall (it is called the “mountain range”) which serves both athletic purposes as well as becoming a convenient and empathetic dramatic backdrop to performances of all kinds.