Roosevelt Middle School, Faculty Dining Area

New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Roosevelt Middle School houses 1,200 students in grades 6 to 8 in a facility on a restrictive site. As a school in an urban, residential area, Roosevelt had many challenges to overcome in the design. Community meetings, workshops and interviews were held to facilitate a collaborative design process. The conclusion was a design that consists of a central academic and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$129.25FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas core facility, with an adjacent transitional educational and community corridor.

This design allows for a multifaceted building that provides shared community use of the faculty dining area while maintaining restricted access to the academic core after school hours.

The open rectangular plan of the faculty dining area offers excellent opportunities for educational seminar space, along with a main meeting and gathering place. Integrated toilets, residential-sized kitchen, and separate entrances make this space completely independent and self-sufficient if desired. The area abuts the main kitchen, cafetorium and gymnasium in case larger functions require additional resources. Access to these areas is provided via separate entrances.