Roosevelt Middle School (New Bedford, Mass.) (Work in Progress)

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Planning an inner-city school on a restrictive site offered interesting and complex design issues for the team.

The massing of the school reflects the scale and proportion of the three-story multifamily residences. Hip roofs and projecting bays complement the existing neighborhood vernacular offering a familiar residential scale and pedestrian street-scape. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$126.76CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress stone base, brick veneer body and a metal panel cap allow for a contemporary interpretation of New Bedford’s historic and textile buildings, while assuring a durable, sustainable envelope.

Flexible, multiuse community spaces were designed throughout the project, including a cafetorium, gymnasium and faculty dining/community center. The third-floor library takes advantage of the commanding views of the harbor and the downtown area. After-hours access via the central corridor leaves the remaining school spaces secure.

The main corridor loop organized around a central courtyard provides natural light and ventilation and allows for monitoring of students from two vantage points.


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"Good use of space...very nice street-friendly exterior design."—1999 jury