Ivan G. Smith Elementary School

Danvers, Massachusetts


Danvers Public Schools


82,719 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Smith Elementary boasts a robust arts and music program where students express ideas and emotions as they develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The building integrates these creativity-focused courses with space for separated and combined learning as well as breakout and small group areas for the project-based curriculum.

A split-level design weaves the school’s distinctive commons into a compact floor plan with generous sightlines and easily accessible after-hours spaces. Students enter through the soaring lobby, a welcoming and bright space as they prepare for a day of learning. The wide, gently curved corridor is flanked by folding glass partitions highlighting music and art. At the central axis, the building divides with views into the learning commons and STEAM lab. These shared areas celebrate the creative pedagogy by displaying projects and performances.

Expansive “learning corridor” hallways are visually clear, functional and engaging; acoustic linoleum flooring creates distinct zones. A two-sided stage connects the gymnasium and cafeteria for diverse events. Echoing the art-focused curriculum, sprawling graphics and distinctive colors and materials embellish throughout.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

WT Rich; PMA Consultants; Frank Locker Educational Planning; Edvance Technology Design; Engineers Design Group

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Johnsonite
Brick/Masonry by Bowerston Shale
Brick/Masonry by Glen-Gery
Brick/Masonry by Sioux City Brick
Brick/Masonry by Trenwyth
Cabinets by Nova Casework
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Ceilings by CertainTeed
Ceilings by Hunter Douglas
Ceramic Tile by Garden State Brickface and Siding
Ceramic Tile by Crossville
Ceramic Tile by Casa Grande
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Doors by Lambton Doors
Doors by Solar Innovations
Doors by Kawneer
Elevators by Delta Beckwith
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Roofing by Englert
Roofing by Firestone Building Products
Windows by Kawneer
Windows by Architectural Window Mfg
Cafeteria Furniture by Sico America
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by Allied
Classroom Furniture by SurfaceWorks
Library/Media Center Furniture by Media Technologies
Office Furniture by SitOnIt Seating
Office Furniture by Great Openings
Office Furniture by SurfaceWorks
Drinking Fountains by HAWS
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom Accessories by American Specialties
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Washroom Fixtures by Elkay
Washroom Fixtures by American Standard
Washroom Fixtures by Bradley Corporation
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Global Partitions
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Scoreboards/Clocks by Daktronics
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