C.W. Morey Elementary School

Lowell, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Flansburgh Architects


    City of Lowell

  • AREA

    67,785 sq.ft.





This two-story, 68,000-square-foot elementary school for 535 students is situated in a dense residential neighborhood of single-family homes. It was built adjacent to the old school—a large, imposing 100-year-old structure.

The new building employs a scale and massing closely aligned with the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY535COST PER SQ FT$257.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio houses. The street elevations, which face east and west, are composed of small facade segments with punched window openings and a horizontal brick pattern to address the neighboring facades.

The longer north and south facades have large classroom windows that include fixed exterior sun shades on the south side to minimize heat gain and glare, while enabling views to green play areas.

The building’s modular layout uses repetitive building systems to reduce first cost and maximize operational flexibility. Its compact plan minimizes the amount of costly exterior wall. The structural system is an economical combination of exposed wood beams, wood decking and steel posts. Skylights, clerestories and interior glazing in classrooms, gymnasiums, the cafeteria, and library flood the building with natural light and view-sharing.