Welsh Valley Middle School, The Specials Building

Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Agoos/Lovera Architects


    Lower Merion School District

  • AREA

    30,000 sq.ft.





The Specials Building is a component of a 160,000-square-foot, $17 million renovation/addition to the Welsh Valley Middle School, which serves 850 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. The three additions have a common language of upturned roofs and masonry endwalls, echoing the stone endwalls of the original buildings. The design brings greater cohesiveness to ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2000 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers campus without sacrificing the views through and between buildings.

The Specials Building houses the library/media center, art classrooms, computer laboratories, conference and student-activities room, challenge and large-group classrooms, and science classrooms for the sixth grade. The building nestles into the hillside, minimizing its apparent mass, acting as a bridge between the higher and lower parts of the campus, and forming a fourth edge to complete a quadrangle.

Two-story spaces with curved, offset sections of curtainwall offer views to the quadrangle from the lobby, the library/media center, the large-group classroom, and the seminar and conference rooms. Sunlight is screened by sitewalls with brise-soleils, integral blinds and mesh shades.

Photographer: ©Matt Wargo Photography