Jenkins School

Scituate, Massachusetts


Town of Scituate


77,000 sq.ft.

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Inspired by the coastal community setting, the design team created a weathered wood-shingled building constructed in durable, civic-minded masonry for this 26-classroom neighborhood school. The fabric of the exterior cladding flows through the building’s interior with logically organized, grade-clustered classrooms, residentially scaled interior elements, and consistent use of background colors.
Impelled by the image of a traditional American Shaker-style tapestry, wayfinding through the facility’s interior is facilitated through the “woven” corridor and classroom floors. Linear “threads” of accent-colored VCT gracefully guide the students through the corridors and into their classrooms. Natural light is used to navigate across the floor tapestry.
Earth-toned background colors reinforce the more natural hues that are one of the hallmarks of the Shaker movement and provide a suitable backdrop for the colorful accents provided by the students and their proudly displayed artwork. Painted wainscoting, at child-height, combined with 6-foot, 8-inch doors, pendant lighting fixtures and naturally finished wood casework, assists in scaling the building down for the young users.

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