Tucked within the existing wetlands of the high school site, the new grades 6-8 Gardner Middle School creates a grades 6-12 campus with shared outdoor athletic facilities.
A major challenge of the project was designing a 116,000-square-foot building within strict site parameters. The buildable area was limited due to an irregular site, a 35-foot drop in grade, COST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN1999 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas wetlands and existing playing fields. The final design highlighted the surrounding natural environment and created a three-part facility that provides for optimum academic and community use.
The facilities requiring public access, which include the gymnasium, library, cafetorium and computers, are situated in the front of the facility. Each grade includes two teams and a shared project classroom, and are housed on separate floors in the secured, four-story academic wing. The base of the academic wing houses the core facilities not requiring public accessibility.
The design solution overlaid the needs of the new educational program, public space requirements, a challenging site and budgetary constraints to create a facility that demonstrates Gardner’s first step toward its renewed commitment to education.
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