Brightwood-Lincoln Elementary School

Springfield, Massachusetts


DiNisco Design


City of Springfield Division of Capital Asset Construction


150,500 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design team
Richard Rice, Timothy Cooper, Jon Oxman, Trisha Johnson, Ann Davis-Woodacre, Alex Liousas

The city of Springfield sought to consolidate a small school built in 1898 with another antiquated school that was also inadequate as a learning environment. The two schools now share a combined facility. Each school maintains its own separate identity while sharing a gym, cafeteria, and media center that are large enough for simultaneous use. During educational programming, priority was given to adjacencies, location of services, and efficiency to preserve a small school feel. Maximizing every space, including corridors, for diversified learning was an important goal for the project. Educational opportunities include flexible spaces for universal design for learning, makerspaces, project-based learning, and outdoor learning through educational gardens. Play areas were carefully planned to make the most efficient use of the site, and the building was designed to be expandable were that to become necessary. The LEED-S Gold building prioritized neighborhood development, energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality and daylighting. The school has become a source of civic pride for its neighborhood and a true community center.

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Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by nora systems, Inc.
Physical-Education Flooring by Robbins Sports Surfaces
Brick/Masonry by Redland Brick
Brick/Masonry by Arriscraft
Brick/Masonry by Jandris
Cabinets by CiF Lab Solutions
Ceilings by USG
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by Sargent
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Insulation by Atlas Sound
Movable Partitions/Walls by Modernfold
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Sika Sarnafil
Skylights by Wasco
Windows by EFCO
Lighting & Accessories by Delray Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Mercury Lighting
Drinking Fountains by Oasis
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Bleachers/Grandstands by Hussey Seating
Playground Equipment by Landscape Structures
HVAC Units by Trane
Lockers by Pemko
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
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