Cameron Middle School, Renovations (Framingham, Mass.)

Framingham, Massachusetts

One of three identical buildings built in 1972, with an “open space” design, Cameron School has been vacant since 1989. A recent surge in enrollments prompted the town to reactivate the building and transform it into a traditional middle school.

In order to accomplish this goal, the building had to be totally reconstructed and transformed into an empty shell. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY675COST PER SQ FT$129.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation included 108,000 square feet of ill- fitted space including a swimming pool, gymnasium, triangular-shaped and windowless classrooms, four staggered floor levels and 10 stairways. The challenge was to convert this complicated but structurally sound building into a suitable middle school.

The new design is organized in two parts. The community wing includes a small auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria. The academic wing has three self-contained houses—one for each grade. The design addresses ADA requirements, asbestos abatement, modernization of all mechanical systems, and the addition of windows in solid exterior walls.

Most important, the design creates an environment that will meet the needs of educators for the next 50 years.