Memorial Elementary School

Burlington, Massachusetts

The new, 500-student Memorial Elementary School, designed to achieve a LEED silver certification, incorporates several passive solar design strategies, including the daylighting of Memorial Hall.

This gathering space, inspired by the traditional Main Street theme, acts as a datum, tying together the core ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$213.00FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas areas: entrances, gymnasium, cafetorium and administration. The Main Street theme was emphasized further with the inclusion of "streetlights" hung along the atrium walls, and storefront windows, which provide visual access into the gymnasium and cafetorium. The cafeteria was designed to be playful, yet functional, also serving as a performance and assembly space. The gymnasium, with its proximity to Memorial Hall and cafetorium, serves students during the day and provides a great area for after-school functions. The second-floor media center overlooks Memorial Hall, providing a visual connection to the exciting activities that occur in this space.

The bright colors throughout the gymasium, cafetorium and Memorial Hall help unify these common spaces.