West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
The educational program requirements for the West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School include:
30,040 square feet of core academic space
8,050 square feet for special education
6,600 square feet for art and music
6,400 square feet for vocations and technology
19,700 square feet for health and ASSOCIATED FIRMLab 2.0 (Interior Design Firm)COST PER SQ FT$290.00FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas education
A 7,000-square-foot auditorium
6,400 square feet for dining/food service
A 3,800-square-foot media center
3,500 square feet for administration and guidance
The vision for the new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School was to create a secondary school with a collegiate feel. As such, the gymnasium, cafeteria, auditorium, and classrooms are organized along a spacious corridor, or campus “commons,” which serves as a reception area and provides ample space for holding community events.
The hub of the commons is a section of tiered group seating that connects the cafeteria on the first floor to the cyber café and media center above. These steps provide an informal gathering space where students can socialize, hold study sessions, and host group and club meetings.
Shared building materials and elements, including porcelain tile floors, decorative lighting, wood-clad walls, use of school colors, and contemporary furniture, establish continuity along the corridor and in the adjoining spaces. The commons creates a vibrant atmosphere for students, faculty, and the entire West Bridgewater community to enjoy.
“The community wanted a collegiate atmosphere,” said Patricia Oakley, superintendent for West Bridgewater Public Schools. “We felt that the most important principle was to have a small-school feel with big-school opportunities. Flansburgh Architects were extremely useful in creating a collaborative plan for our planned 21st-century learning environment.”