Having grown beyond what its campus could accommodate, the Carroll School of Lincoln, Mass., purchased an existing building that retained many details reminiscent of its previous life as a nursing home. As a private school focused around children with learning disabilities, their teaching philosophy provided many opportunities and challenges in reworking a structure COST PER SQ FT$34.34FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation intended to house the elderly:
• A reworked entrance with more glazing and better flow became a focal point of student artwork.
• Wide corridors, originally intended to accommodate mobile beds, were programmed with colorized built-in benches. These zones are utilized functionally as meeting spaces for students and faculty and visually to break up the length of the hall.
• Combining multiple nursing rooms created new larger classrooms. These classrooms are segmented into “dry” areas for traditional classroom activities and “wet” areas for more hands-on learning.
• Common areas and classrooms provide furniture and built-in features that encourage interaction with the architecture reflecting the engaging vibe at the heart of the school’s mission.