Dennett Elementary School, Additions and Renovations

Plympton, Massachusetts

The original K-6 school, designed in the 1970s, had many layout issues that inhibited teaching programs and created poor environmental conditions. The classrooms were designed originally as three open classroom pods with a 3-foot drop in floor elevation down the middle. Within 10 years, each pod had been partitioned into four separate classrooms, rendering half of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassroomsSUB CATEGORYRenovation windowless. Storage was never considered, and classrooms were cluttered with coats, backpacks, books and teaching materials. The original building was heated and air-conditioned with a series of inefficient, expensive electric-powered rooftop units.

The renovation and additions provided every classroom exterior exposure, with operable windows as well as individualized and centralized storage. Technology has been integrated into every classroom and has become a vital part of the curriculum at each grade level, and with all teaching specialists. All classrooms have a combination of natural and artificial lighting. The carpeted classroom floors were replaced with resilient floors, and a new mechanical plan was constructed to provide heat and air conditioning through a new centralized, gas-fired, four-pipe HVAC system.