Marshall Simonds Middle School was an existing 118,000-square-foot school built in 1959 as the high school for Burlington, Mass. The existing facility contained undersized science labs, inefficient mechanical systems, limited special-needs space and a grossly undersized library/media center. Very little technology existed within the library because the space was COST PER SQ FT$164.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers 1,500 square feet, serving a student population of 880 middle school students in grades 6 to 8.
Middle school administrators and teaching staff were not able to effectively institute the full educational program; the school needed proper space and learning centers to implement the technology plan of the district.
Therefore, a master plan presented the need for a 33,000- square-foot addition, which would focus around a new 7,500- square-foot library/media center. Ultimately, this $25 million renovation and addition project resulted in a modern middle school. The school comprises 152,000 square feet. The library/media center is the focal point of this showpiece facility for the community.