Hampton Bays Middle School

The new Hampton Bays Middle School represents a ground-breaking school design for Long Island and for New York State. It is both the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified and Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) certified school in the State.

The architecture is responsive to its maritime community with a lighthouse element reminiscent of a former community icon demolished in 1948. The 147,000-SF school functions with a house plan for Grades 5-8, each with a commons area. A central corridor links the building as it descends the existing slope. The collaborative process of designing this green building united the community that had been previously divided. The project was a resounding success, affecting the local culture and educational experience for the students, faculty and all Hampton Bays residents.

Project Facts


  • 2012 National “Green Ribbon School” Award, U.S. Department of Education and the White House.
  • 2010 A.I.A. Long Island Chapter Sustainable Design Award.
  • 2010 Commercial Energy Efficiency LIPA Award.