Broadmeadow Elementary School

Needham, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    DiNisco Design Partnership


    Town of Needham Permanent Public Building Committee

  • AREA

    87,000 sq.ft.





The objective was to renovate and expand the existing K-5 school to serve nearly twice the student population while maintaining the scale of the residential neighborhood.

The contextual response to the original sloped-roof building and to the neighborhood takes advantage of site topography by adding a two-story classroom addition without increasing the existing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY612COST PER SQ FT$144.76CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio wing building height. Its massing and sloped roofs complement the residential setting.

The core facilities are designed for community use and include media, technology and performing-arts spaces. The gymnasium’s regulation basketball court is sized for public use and allows two teaching stations during school. A districtwide technology center on the lower level of the building provides office space, instructional areas, a broadcasting studio and computer facilities that serve the entire community.

These multifunctional spaces are organized around a dramatic lobby with natural lighting and student artwork at the heart of the school. Classroom wings radiate from this core. This design maintains maximum open space for ball fields and play structures, which are used extensively by the neighborhood.