Tilton School, Academic Building

Tilton, New Hampshire

The Tilton School’s goal was to create an academic building that would transform the way the school thought about itself. Having spent seven years strengthening its curriculum, faculty and board of trustees, the school was eager to construct a building that represented in physical form the many positive changes that had occurred internally. To respond to this challenge, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$231.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas architect designed a multipurpose academic building that organized the school’s program requirements to closely align with the academic mission.

The program included three new science laboratories and prep rooms, a 114-seat seminar room, the Center for Learning resource room, a language laboratory, eight new classrooms, faculty offices and administrative offices. To reflect the school’s new academic model of horizontal integration, departmental classrooms and programs were situated near their companion classrooms and programs. Faculty offices and meeting rooms were merged to encourage closer collaboration and cross-disciplinary teaching. Departments that work closely together, such as math and science, were situated next to one another, sharing classrooms, work spaces, faculty offices and conference areas. To reflect the school’s commitment to the academic model of vertical integration, a dramatic, central atrium space, Tower Hall, was designed in the center of the combined academic building complex. This space visually and physically connects all academic and administrative spaces, and provides stunning views of the campus and academic quadrangle for everyone passing through the building.

The exterior was designed with strong references to the iconic academic and mill buildings of northern New England. So that it will stand as an inspiration for generations of Tilton students to come, it is built of rugged, ageless materials: brick, granite, white oak and glass. The new building is connected to the existing administrative and academic building, Plimpton Hall, at the northeast corner. The two buildings create a unified academic/administrative complex and a clear boundary for the new academic quadrangle.

“Elegant use of durable materials with regional representation. Nice transition from the old

to the new building.”--2008 jury