West Bridgewater Middle/Senior High School
West Bridgewater , Massachusetts
Kent Kovacs, Jay Williams, Michael Cimorelli
The vision for the new West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School was to create a secondary school with a collegiate feel. To achieve this, Flansburgh created two distinct academies for grades 7 and 8, situated on the first floor, and two academies for grades 9 to 12, situated on the second. By COST PER SQ FT$336.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio facilities and community space, the academies create a campus feel.
The gymnasium, cafeteria, and auditorium are organized along a spacious corridor, or commons, which serves as a reception area for the auditorium and provides ample space for 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.
Open common areas on the 7-8 grade floor create learning hubs that support team teaching and promote student interaction. Open areas on the 9-12 floor support individualized learning and small group seminars.