Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, Mass.)

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Roosevelt Middle School houses 1,200 students in grades 6 to 8. The design consists of a main academic and administrative core facility, with an adjacent transitional educational and community corridor surrounded by attached support spaces. This design allows for a multifaceted building, providing shared community use of the library while maintaining restricted access ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$192.25FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers the main academic core after school hours. Access to the library after school hours is provided via separate community entrances.

The massing of the school reflects the scale and proportion of the surrounding three-story multifamily residences. Hip roofs and projecting bays complement the existing neighborhood vernacular, offering a familiar residential scale and pedestrian streetscape. Its location on the east side of the third floor takes advantage of commanding views of the harbor and prominent downtown area. Maple column enclosures, wall panels and furniture offer added warmth and comfort, while providing subtle levels of scale. The barrel-vault ceiling provides a major orienting element toward the water.