Thursday, October 20 2011

PS#1 Names KFA for Design of New Building, Renovation


Construction has started on an expansion of PS#1, a private school in Santa Monica, that includes a new multi-purpose building, administrative offices and classrooms.

The program calls for a new two-level, 7,500-square-foot building and a 60-foot covered walkway with photovoltaic panels that link the new and existing buildings, reported Bob Timmerman, KFA principal and project manager.

A contemporary theme will prevail in the new building, he said.

Marking its 40th anniversary this year, PS#1 espouses a philosophy committed to diversity and the reality that children learn in different ways at different times and different rates, says founder and headmaster Joel Pelcyger.

“Different subjects are often brought together under the umbrella of a unifying theme,” added Pelcyger.

A strong advocated of environmental and sustainability issues, the school won the 2011 grand prize for Excellence in Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility and Stewardship of the Environment – a program annually sponsored by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Simply put, Pelcyger said, the award reflects the school’s motto: “Use Less, Do More.”