Common areas were the key to adapting a traditional elementary school for the needs of an interdistrict magnet K-8 program. New and existing classrooms were organized into three academic houses connected by a commons. The center of the school was reconstructed to provide a clear focus for the school community, an important consideration given the fact that children and CO FIRMNelson Edwards Cruickshank ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$138.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas from four towns attend the school.
This common area provides room for the display of student work; is a venue for informal gatherings; and has become a meeting place for parents as they wait for children to be dismissed at the end of the day. In addition, the commons includes the media center, technology center and the family resource room.
A small breakout area is adjacent to the media center. This space is used for informal gatherings, small-group instruction and independent study.
"Nice use of brick and glass. Media room is bright and open. The consistent use of the curvilinear ceiling/roof elements provides an interesting relief."--2001 jury