Far Brook School

Science & Environmental Studies and Music & Arts Buildings


Kohler Ronan provided engineering systems design in collaboration with Centerbrook’s architectural design for three new buildings at the Far Brook School. Founded in 1947, this independent, K-8 day school serves over 200 students across its nine-acre campus in Short Hills, New Jersey.

The new buildings provide classrooms for Science and Environmental Studies as well as additional space housing Music and Arts programs. The Science and Environmental Studies building adds 5,680 square feet across two floors and three classrooms incorporating labs, science prep rooms, and storage areas. Totaling 7,880 square feet, the Music and Arts Center replaces the existing Moore Cottage and accommodates a new orchestra, choral practice room, art studio, woodshop, and music room permitting acoustically isolated music instruction. Each space has been designed with the natural world in mind, and, as such, the spaces allow for maximum daylight as well as access to the outdoors. Construction of a new, 10,420 square-foot field house will be included within the scope of the next phase of construction.

Kohler Ronan delivered innovative MEP/FP solutions in order to create an environment that is comfortable for students and staff, contributory to the learning and teaching processes, and environmentally responsible. The school is anticipating a LEED certification, the level of which is yet to be determined.


ARCHITECTCenterbrook Architects
 & Planners
SIZE24,000 square feet
COST$9 million

Photo credit: ©Derek Hayn/Centerbrook Architects & Planners