Clifford Marshall Elementary School

Quincy, Massachusetts

Located on a newly landscaped six-acre site in historic Quincy Point, the two story brick- and steel-framed Clifford Marshall Elementary School is the learning ground for 600 students, pre-K through fifth grade. The focus of the design combines a sense of local history with the progression of technology.

The programmatic goals for the broad age division of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY825COST PER SQ FT$137.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio body were addressed by providing two separate main entrances that mark the east facade. The north entrance is accessed by the third- through fifth-graders, while pre-K through second-graders use the south entrance.

A prominent design feature is the single-story wing, scaled down for the pre-K and kindergarten students. Five classrooms are located in this wing, each designed with a separate door for access to a playground exclusively for use by the younger students.

This elementary school was designed to address the challenges of rising enrollments and budget cuts by effectively maximizing the use of space and natural light. It combines modern technology with advances in teaching curricula in order to provide a productive learning environment for the community’s young students.

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