Clyde F. Brown Elementary School

Mills, Massachusetts


Millis Public Schools


89,852 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Charles M Hay, AIA (Principal in Charge); Christopher Blessen, AIA (Design Principal); Matthew Barnhart (Project Manager); Jennifer Littlefield, AIA (FF&E/Construction Admin)

“Small School, Big Family.” The forward-thinking educational plan incorporated this school’s mantra into a building design that provides flexible learning environments in multiple wings, each of which feels like its own complete school. The key feature of the design is the deployment of the media center out to the academic pods to create ‘learning corridors’ that are expanded and usable for multiple modes of teaching.

STEM, music and art rooms are highly visible at the core of the building and provide easy access to the public during events. The facility takes advantage of the site slope with multiple outdoor classrooms and play areas, a separate pre-K entrance and the preservation of an existing bandstand and mature trees that enhance the backyard of the school.

Agile furniture and casework were selected and approved by each grade instructor to complement the programming and student activity. Dedicated teacher collaboration rooms and special education hubs allow for both group and individual focus, and support the district’s goal of promoting exploration, inquiry, active learning and skills collaboration for every student.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Warner Larson (Landscape); Nitsch Engineering (Civil); Frank Locker (Educational Planner); Engineers Design Group (Structural); Griffith & Vary (Mechanical/Electrical); Architectural Engineers (Plumbing/Fire Protection)



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Elementary School Citation

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2020 Architectural Portfolio

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Shaw
Carpet by Champion
Door Hardware by Architectural Builders Hardware (ABH)
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by DORMA Architectural Hardware
Door Hardware by Knox
Door Hardware by Pemko
Door Hardware by Rockwood
Door Hardware by Stanley
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by Otis Elevator
Movable Partitions/Walls by Moderco
Skylights by Imperial Glass
Windows by Wausau Window & Wall Systems
Cafeteria Furniture by Sico America
Classroom Furniture by Columbia Partitions
Classroom Furniture by Virco
Library/Media Center Furniture by Penco Products
Library/Media Center Furniture by Paragon
Library/Media Center Furniture by Smith Systems
Library/Media Center Furniture by Media Technologies
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by SurfaceWorks
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Great Openings
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by Steelcase
Office Furniture by HON
Office Furniture by KI
Office Furniture by Paragon
Office Furniture by National Office Furniture
Science Furniture by KI
Science Furniture by Virco
Lockers by Republic Storage Systems
Library/Media Center Furniture by NoraNivel
Athletic Equipment by Southpaw
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