Size: 63,400 SF
Architect: Jones Whitsett Architects
Owner: Town of South Hadley
This project included the demolition of the existing school along with construction of a new 63,377 SF two?story masonry clad building on the existing Plains School site. The school offers flexible classrooms arranged around common spaces or “neighborhoods” that foster a sense of community and promote teacher collaboration. Smaller pullout spaces, along with the central common space, give more options to teachers and specialists. A ribbon corridor threads its way throughout the building, joining the classroom clusters while bringing clerestory windows to bring daylight deep into the building. The school’s large gymnasium and cafeteria also work as an important public space for the community.
This project was LEED Silver Certified.