Paul W. Crowley East Bay MET School

Newport, Rhode Island

The MET Schools offer unique experiential learning to students by emphasizing real -world projects and applications. For this new location completed in January 2014, the MET sought to build educational programming into the facility through examples of sustainable practices. The school also sought to transform the local area, which is adjacent to a local ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMGilbane Construction (Design/Build)COST PER SQ FT$250.00FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms authority. The primary sustainability goal was net-zero site energy usage capability. This, along with the other sustainable features of the building, offers teachers and students learning opportunities on site.

As part of the interior design, the multi-function room provides a reception area, common area, activity space, lunch break space, and continued educational opportunities. The exposed systems in the ceiling are intentional and part of the educational theme that recurs throughout the building. The intent is to draw the curiosity of students and showcase the building design, construction, and operation.

The multipurpose space offers reconfigurable furniture, abundant access to natural light, and LED supplemental lighting activated by photosensors and occupancy sensors. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation and the space achieves high acoustical performance. The space can be found in use throughout the day as students engage and collaborate in self-directed projects.