Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School

New Bedford, Massachusetts


Turowski2 Architecture, Inc.


City of New Bedford, Mass., New Bedford Public Schools


74,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team: Architx, LLC; Daedalus Projects, Inc.; Dodson & Flinker, Inc.; Farland Corp.; Engineers Design Group, Inc.; Griffith & Vary, Inc.; Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc.; New Vista Design; Crabtree McGrath Associates, Inc.; James Carr Architecture & Design; R. W. Sullivan Engineering; Todd Tsiang Design; Project Management & Cost; Acentech Inc.; Good Harbor Techmark, LLC; Content Design Collaborative LLC

The Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School serves 430 students in an underprivileged sector of New Bedford, Mass. Situated on a 1.6-acre water-adjacent lot, the building has a dense urban context that consists of multifamily houses and historic mill buildings. The facility takes advantage of water views, and its design emulates the city’s maritime history.

The library, rising above the entrance, takes a prominent location at the “bow of the ship.” Subject to salt spray and winds, the exterior is composed of durable brick masonry, aluminum panels, and glass fiber reinforced concrete supported by stainless steel structures. In line with the school’s ship-like exterior, each classroom has a “porthole to the world” that provides views of the water.

Corridors are punctuated by colorful front porches that serve as flexible small-group learning spaces. The third floor features an art classroom and fabrication lab that opens onto a large rooftop classroom, helping foster connections to the local environment. The efficient design maximizes use of the small site to meet the needs of students and staff and provide a safe space that encourages a sense of community connection.

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