The Moylan School expansion and renovation project (located in Hartford, Connecticut) was selected from among 152 projects across the country by a jury of educators and architects as exemplary of design solutions that "focus on the powerful connection of environment to learning, community involvement, and environmental conditions."
A central element of the design for this project was the re-orientation of the school to a newly created courtyard. The courtyard serves as before, after and during school hours recreation, education and informal gathering space. Large portions of the spaces within the building have a direct relationship to the new courtyard, placing greater importance on the sense of community within the school.
The design for the courtyard was recently honored by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for outstanding design and featured in the September issue of Landscape Architecture. While Tai Soo Kim conceived the courtyard, the details of the courtyard were designed by landscape architect Mikyoung Kim of Boston.