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  New Freeman Kennedy Elementary SchoolNew Freeman Kennedy Elementary School


Flansburgh Architects
77 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

General Description

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 2012
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.

Project Team

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 02138
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 fixtures.

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 environments.

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.

Product Information
Sheathing: USG A/V Barrier: Carlisle
Insulation: Dow Chemical Roofing: Firestone
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO, a Pella Company.
VCT: Armstrong Carpet: Interface
Elevators: Delta Beckwith Lighting: Reflex

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