St. Philomena School, New Classroom Building

Portsmouth, Rhode Island

The new one-story classroom building for grades 6 to 8 is on the eastern edge of St. Philomena School’s waterfront campus. The building has a T-shaped footprint, with two classroom clusters on either side of a skylighted spine that defines the central corridor.

Each grade grouping shares a common social space adjacent to the locker areas. The top of the “T” houses ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$140.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas common room/library, which has a cathedral post-and-beam ceiling and is adjacent to the administrative wing.

The building is constructed of red brick, architectural-grade asphalt shingles, a standing-seam roof and large double-hung windows. These elements reflect the character of the main campus buildings and blend in with the surrounding natural landscape.

A major design objective was connecting the building to the outdoors. Multiple landscaped paths to the lower campus enhance the experience. The classroom and office space layout takes advantage of the site, which slopes gently to the water. Each classroom has direct access to defined outdoor teaching areas separated by green landscape elements and outdoor furniture.