King Urban Life Center

Buffalo, NY, USA
Year Completed
Building Type
15,000 sq. ft.
King Urban Life Center Charter School Buffalo

HHL designed the award-winning adaptive reuse of this historic 110-year-old church. It was converted to the King Urban Life Center which includes an Early Childhood School for the City of Buffalo Public Schools. The facility represents the fusion of a profoundly unique and experimental inner city early childhood school with advanced computer technology connecting it to a larger educational network.

The design provides open classrooms with a variety of adjacent multi-use spaces shared by the school and community programs. All classrooms are equipped with iMac computers and video cameras connected to a city-wide network of educational sites. A future Literacy Center/Library is planned for the existing choir loft. Subsequent work has included exterior stair reconstruction and roof restoration. This project also won the 1999 AIA Architecture for Education Committee Award.