Buffalo Public School No. 203 Olmsted School @ Kensington

Buffalo, NY, USA
Year Completed
Building Type
201,000 sq. ft.
City of Buffalo Joint School Construction Board

As part of a district-wide master plan, the City of Buffalo Public Schools completed a comprehensive multi-phased restoration and reconstruction. The renovation design preserves the main facade while providing an addition at the rear of the building. The existing school building underwent complete MEP and fire protection updates, as well as the incorporation of “smart classrooms”, laboratory facility modernization, district-wide technology improvements, and interior renovations to classroom, administration and auxiliary support spaces.

The work also included an addition that houses a music room, green room, and an entrance for the main performance space. The addition is about 1,500 sq. ft. with custom leaf frit patterned glass. The Olmsted ideology envisions the learning environment as an open series of class spaces and this ideal was incorporated into the renovation and addition design.