Wentworth Intermediate School, New Grade 3-5 School

Scarborough, Maine

  • FIRM



    Scarborough School Department

  • AREA

    163,000 sq.ft.





Design team
Daniel Cecil, AIA (Principal-in-Charge); Anthony Roy (Sr. Designer); Jamie Ouellette (Sr. Designer); Heidi Gardner (Designer); John Kuchinski, PE (Civil Engineer); Jeffrey Cormier, PE (Mechanical Engineer); Richard Marchessault (Plumbing Designer); Arthur Dudley (Contractor)

The new Wentworth Intermediate School features an arched entrance that ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$193.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio a welcoming scale for children. Classroom wings have brightly colored themes for wayfinding and wrap around an outdoor courtyard that provides daylight.
The technology-rich school includes a learning commons with a computer lab, video lab, small-group rooms, and a maker space. One of four STEM labs features an organic teaching garden. Students grow seedlings during the winter as part of the school’s curriculum, culture, and food program. The town’s Parks and Recreation Department has an office here for expanded community use.
Natural materials create a warm and welcoming character. Brick-clad piers, red oak beams, and a patterned porcelain tile floor offer a visually appealing entry. The skylighted main lobby features a glasswork ceiling sculpture that symbolizes the flora and fauna of the nearby Scarborough Marsh, a frequent site of student ecology projects.
Sustainable design elements include a geothermal heating and cooling system supplemented by natural gas, sun shades, light shelves and a lighting control system.