Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School, Cafeteria/Auditorium

Ellsworth, Maine

  • FIRM

    Oak Point Associates


    Ellsworth School Department

  • AREA

    147,000 sq.ft.





Completed as part of Phase I of a two-phase addition and renovation project, the cafeteria/auditorium at Ellsworth Elementary and Middle School is situated near the main entry, at the heart of the building.

The cafeteria/auditorium is a light and airy space that serves students and the community through its multi-functionality. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$210.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYMultipurpose Rooms than 900 students use the cafeteria area each school day. The space also serves as a connection point with the community when converted to an auditorium for frequent public lecture, stage and projection events.

Function, flexibility and sustainability define the project area. The white tile ceiling lowered off the lofty cedar plank ceiling matches the floor patterning, providing a visual compression of space to define the more intimate theater area.

Large expanses of glass curtainwall on the north fascia and between the cafeteria and lobby provide daylighting and a sense of connection. During performances, motorized shades can be lowered for room darkening; energy-efficient lighting is controlled by daylight sensors. Quartzite flooring contains 30 percent recycled content and is low-maintenance.

The entire space is heated and cooled by an energy-efficient geothermal system.