Glassport School has been sitting vacant in the middle of the small borough for many years. The adaptive reuse of the school will consist of 55 one- and two-bedroom units of affordable senior housing. Both the new and retrofitted portions of the building will be built to the rigorous Passive House standard, making the project a model of healthy living, energy efficiency, and environmentally sustainable design.
The development, designed in collaboration with NK Architects, will bring a unique focus to the health and well-being of the residents, and the history of Glassport and the school itself. A healing garden near the entrance of the building will connect residents with restorative elements of plants, sky, and nature. The large site will also include edible landscaping, including an asparagus bed, blueberries, raspberries, and apple trees. Raised beds will be used for vegetable gardens during the summer months, and stormwater captured in bio-swales, and will contribute to the feeling of lush plantings. Artifacts and exhibits featuring the history of the school and Glassport will weave throughout the project.