The Fay School, Root Science and Mathematics Building

Southborough, Massachusetts

Sitting in the rolling hills of Southborough, Mass., the Fay School is the oldest junior boarding school in the United States. The completion of the Root Science and Mathematics Building culminates a 10-year campus reorganization and unifies several dispersed academic elements into a single facility. Two additions to the existing structure merge the school’s long ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$193.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized with its 21st-century educational mission.

The addition encloses an existing landscaped courtyard to eliminate dead-end hallways and complete an interior circulation loop. The lower level holds fully equipped science lab/classrooms, and adjoining preparation and storage areas. The upper level contains English and math classrooms, a computer lab and tutor rooms—all with athletic field or courtyard views. Sidelight glazing and interior glass transoms visually connect the classrooms and channel natural light into the corridors. Sunscreens and a light shelf regulate glare and heat, while double-glazed glass panels reduce noise transmission.

The flowing organic curves of the second addition reflect the essence of knowledge and capture the exploratory nature of learning. Built into the site’s natural slope, it forms a single-story transition from the upper academic quad to the lower playing fields.