Freeman Kennedy Elementary School|
77 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114
Location: Norfolk, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS) /
Verified Massachusetts CHiPS (46 Points)
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Nov 2010 to Dec
Total Square Feet: 96,410 Site: 30 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 65,466; second floor, 30,944; total,
96,410 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 13’4”; total, 35’.
Basic Construction Type: New/2B/Structural Steel/Glulam Beams.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall, corrugated metal panel.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood. Interior
Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KTBU/SF/yr: 1.41.
Structural Engineer: Boston Building Consultants, Inc. - 241 A
Street, #220, Boston, MA 02210
General Contractor: Fontaine Bros., Inc. - 510 Cottage Street,
Springfield, MA 01104
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa, Inc.
- 370 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747
Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering - 2 Center Plaza, #430,
Boston, MA 02108
Cost Estimator: CostPro, Inc. - One Mifflin Place, Cambridge, MA
Landscape Architect: Waterman Design Associates - 31 East Main
Street, Westborough, MA 01581
The existing Freeman Centennial School served 563 students in Grades 3
through 6. The original school was constructed in 1950 with subsequent
additions on a 30-acre site. The site also contains multiple playing
fields used heavily by the community. It was concluded that the most
cost-effective and efficient means of addressing the physical,
educational, and programmatic deficiencies was to build a new school on
the existing site rather than renovate.
The new $24.5 million, Freeman Kennedy Elementary School is designed for
energy efficiency and sustainability (MA-CHPS verified) with a
state-of-the-art HVAC displacement ventilation system for a healthy,
quieter learning environment. Other sustainable features include 50Kw
photovoltaic panels on south-facing roof, clerestory daylighting,
sunshading, daylight and room occupancy sensors, and low-flow plumbing
Invoking images of old stone mill buildings and birch groves, the school
is constructed of a rusticated CMU Stone Veneer; corrugated metal panel
siding; a standing seam metal roof; aluminum battens, which reference
the birch trees and serve as handrails for the courtyard; and perforated
metal sun screens to minimize solar gain in the classroom.
The building is flooded with controlled daylight. All 28 classroom
spaces and the two-story library have exposed wood beam ceilings. The
design employs warm colors, lots of exposed wood structure, and
transparency to create an appropriately scaled, inviting learning
environment for children. Educational spaces have ample views to outdoor
open spaces. Classrooms share storage rooms, toilet rooms, project
rooms, and break-out areas.
The large volumes of the gymnasium and cafetorium anchor each side of
the symmetrical floor plan, oriented opposite each other across a
courtyard. The simple symmetrical plan allows for clear separation
between community use and school use and is immediately understandable
for first-time visitors and young children.
The media center is located at the heart of the new school, bounded on
three sides by two-story glazing with expansive views of the academic
courtyard and park beyond. In addition to bringing natural daylight into
the middle of the school, its central location and large amounts of
exterior glass blurs the distinction between the exterior and interior
Nestled between the two classroom wings, the rear glass academic
courtyard, is a more secluded private area. This fenced-in area is used
as an "outdoor classroom" and features student gardens, open patio
space, clusters of shade trees, and a rain garden irrigated from roof
run-off. The front courtyard provides a pleasing and open area for the
public at the main entry to the school.
Phased construction allowed the existing school to be fully functioning
while the new building was erected. Construction was completed by
September 2012, in time for the new school year.
Sheathing: USG A/V Barrier: Carlisle
Insulation: Dow Chemical Roofing: Firestone
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO, a Pella
VCT: Armstrong Carpet: Interface
Elevators: Delta Beckwith Lighting: Reflex