The American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST) is an international school serving 600 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. During the civil unrest of the Arab Spring in September 2012, the school was attacked, looted, and set on fire by a mob. After developing a master plan for rebuilding the campus, Flansburgh was engaged by the school to rebuild its elementary school.
American School of Kinshasa
International Master Plan | Kinshasa, DRC
The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) is a 300-student, K-12 independent school serving both Congolese and English-speaking expatriate families. Flansburgh Architects visited the school and conducted a facilities audit to evaluate immediate and long-term needs. It was understood that any recommendations would be made in the context of the challenging social, economic, and technical conditions that exist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The first step in the expansion suggests an incremental approach by renovating one typical middle school classroom building to become a new prototypical, climate-responsive, and self-sustaining classroom for the 21st century. This remade classroom building will be connected to an outdoor forest classroom dedicated to the study, care, and preservation of the rain forest. As a prototype, it will be used as an example of what could be achieved if every classroom building were renovated, and serve as an unmistakable guide for future improvements.
American School of Kinshasa Classroom
Forest Classroom Model | Kinshasa, DRC
The first “forest classroom” at TASOK exemplifies green design in the developing world. Its construction is straight forward with materials available in Africa. Green features include a double-insulated roof and ventilated attic space to dissipate midday sun, destratification fans, water catchment, and cross ventilation, exterior sun shading and provisions for photovoltaic panels.
American School of Yaounde
International Master Plan | Yaounde, Cameroon
ASOY’s main campus sits on a central hilltop location with sweeping views of the city of Yaounde. Its 3-1/2 acre campus serves an enrollment of 160 students in grades Pre-K through 12. The campus consists of 20 classrooms, two computer labs, science lab, a 16,000 volume multi-media library, learning support center, college resource center, and the “Parrot’s Canteen.” The new master plan adds a performing arts center, new art, music, and science classrooms, and a new administration building. The academic schools are organized around a new central courtyard with elementary on the ground floor and upper school on the second level, each with their own outdoor space.
Boston College Law Library
New University Library | Newton, MA
Boston College's new Law Library is the first of a four-phase expansion program for its Newton Campus. The building consists of approximately 84,500 square feet distributed on four levels and organized in four wings around a unifying central atrium. The forms of the new Law Library are reflective of the longstanding architectural traditions that have been established on Boston College's Chestnut Hill Campus, while the exterior materials are in harmony with the adjacent architecture, bridging the two campuses.
Boston College Law School
New Construction | Newton, MA
This 48,000 square foot Academic and Administrative Building includes tiered classrooms, faculty offices, student offices, and a career center. Connected to the Law Library, also designed by Flansburgh Architects, and the existing Stuart hall, the East Wing creates an academic courtyard in the tradition of other intimate open spaces on the Newton Campus. An innovative, operable instructional wall allows two 115-seat lecture halls to be combined into a single 230-seat auditorium space for special events.
New Upper School | Columbus, GA
The new upper school building embraces the classical style of the existing campus while being environmentally responsive. A geo-exchange heating and cooling system will use the earth’s heat-sink ability to dramatically lower electricity usage. Deep overhangs and broad loggias on the southeast and southwest facades keep out direct sun to reduce solar gain and provide generous outdoor areas for group study.
Chelmsford High School
Renovation and Performing Arts Addition | Chelmsford, MA
The Chelmsford High School project involved a 256,000 square foot renovation and a 20,000 square foot addition of a new 1,000-seat performing arts center, which serves the school as well as the community. Renovations included a complete code update to meet current requirements as well as rebuilt science labs, improved HVAC systems, new electrical and data systems, handicap accessibility upgrades, and other improvements. Flansburgh’s careful planning and cost control kept construction on schedule and more than $700,000 under budget. Renovations cost $39/sf and new construction was $300/sf.
Chickering Elementary School
New Elementary School | Dover, MA
Conceived as a camp-like cluster of rural buildings in a woodland setting, this two-story, 93,000 square foot school for 700 children in grades preK-5 is composed of rustic forms clad in wood siding, common brick, and copper trim. A central day-lit arrival space is used as a gathering space, exhibit space, and meeting space to foster a strong sense of community. Innovative project rooms, located between pairs of classrooms, are used extensively for small group work and in-class services.
City of Malden Schools
New Public Schools | Malden, MA
Flansburgh has had a long relationship with the City of Malden, MA dating back to the design of the Forestdale Elementary and Linden Elementary Schools in 1996 and most recently designing the City’s new police station to be competed in 2016. The following are public school projects completed in Malden.
Fairhaven High School
Historic Preservation and Addition | Fairhaven, MA
Given as a gift to the City of Fairhaven by Henry Huttleston Rogers in 1906, the existing Fairhaven High School is an historic landmark. The restoration work included converting the existing gymnasium into a library, painstakingly reusing and reconfiguring existing materials, and replicating historic fixtures. Set back from the existing building to minimize its impact and composed of simple, strong plutonic solids, the 85,000 square foot addition includes a new gymnasium, auditorium, arts classrooms, and science labs.
The modernization of this historic high school, known locally as the “Castle on the Hill” was a complex undertaking that involved a full renovation/restoration of the original three-story masonry building, and construction of a new main entrance rotunda and two expansion wings.
The renovation phase included conversion of an octagonal double-height gymnasium into a media center/library featuring a study balcony on what had formerly been a cantilevered indoor track.
Program elements located in the new additions include 11 classrooms, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a 350-seat auditorium with a full stage and adjoining music practice rooms.
International School of Ulaanbaatar
Master Plan & Addition | Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
The International School of Ulaanbaatar (ISU) is an independent K-12 day school with an enrollment of 258 students representing 27 nations. We are currently working with faculty, students, and board members to develop a campus master plan that will provide a framework for the future expansion of the school. Growing enrollment will demand an initial expansion to accommodate 500 students and a future expansion to accommodate 800 students.
Ipswich Middle/High School
New Middle/High School | Ipswich, MA
This combined, award-winning middle/high school incorporates a unique kiva-centered classroom plan within a traditional New England ‘house-and-barn’ scheme.
The ‘house’ contains separate entrances, administration offices, and classroom zones for middle and high school programs, and a shared media center. Located in the ‘barn’ are a cafeteria; large and small gymnasia; and a performing arts wing featuring a 700-seat auditorium, choral/band practice rooms, and a community-use entrance.
The house plan organizes groups of eight five-sided classrooms around central ‘kivas’ equipped with multimedia consoles and pull-down screens. With stepped seating for up to 60 students, the kivas provide each grade level with immediate access to team teaching and presentation space.
Lakeland Community College Learning Technology Center
Concept | Kirtland, OH
The preliminary design for this new center for learning in Ohio provides state-of-the-art facilities for in-house teaching and distance-learning, and incorporates sophisticated telecommunications, audiovisual, and computer technology. Complimenting the building’s high-tech purpose, the design includes several sustainable design features including passive solar heating, day lighting, a geo-exchange HVAC system, and certified wood construction.
College Master Plan | Prides Crossing, MA
This independent school for 280 students is situated on the scenic “Gold Coast” of Cape Ann. The school purchased land adjoining its original (upper) campus, creating alternatives for development of a new "lower" campus, comprising 17 acres. The proposed program includes a new athletic facility, performing arts center, and an academic center. The master plan thoughtfully responds to the steep changes in topography, wetlands, and ocean ledge that are characteristic of the proposed site.
Montessori School of Maui
New Classroom Building | Maui, HI
Following sustainability guidelines developed in concert with the University of Hawaii, the expanded campus is designed to be an indoor/outdoor “Living Classroom.” Learning will take place in the context of environmental stewardship. Sustainable elements include: natural ventilation, day lighting, rainwater collection, water efficient landscaping, local materials, and photovoltaic panels. The project was awarded the Merit Design Award - Design Share.
Rabat American School Master Plan
Facilities Master Plan | Rabat, Morocco
The Rabat American School engaged Flansburgh to develop a master plan for a new campus of 680 students on a 5.8-hectare site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Working in Rabat, we were inspired by the rich history of architecture in Morocco, which draws from its legacy as a cultural crossroads, with influence from Roman, Moorish, Andalusian, Arab-Islamic, and French cultures. Three aspects of Moroccan architecture in particular informed the design:
The organization of the school into “Riads,” traditional Moroccan courtyard homes, with each division housed in a Riad with classrooms surrounding a central courtyard.
The organization of Riads along a “Medina Street,” which emulates the pedestrian streets of the medina, the ancient walled city. The Medina Street acts as a collector, bringing together the whole school community and providing a space for casual and informal encounters.
The use of Moucharabieh, a screen wall with islamic patterns, for shading and privacy.
Other important considerations in the design included designing spaces that support a collaborative approach to teaching and learning, and responding to local environmental conditions. With regard to the latter, the zig-zag shape of the plan maximizes self-shading while blocking the cold winter winds, opening up to the cooling summer winds, and also maximizing views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Salem High School
Renovation | Salem, MA
Flansburgh Architects designed the phased renovation of Salem High School, a 1970s, 430,000 square foot facility serving a 1,500-student population. The scope included roof replacement, resolution of ADA accessibility, exterior envelope improvements, new interior finishes, HVAC, plumbing, and data/electrical upgrades. To bring the high school’s existing layout up to current educational standards, Flansburgh reconfigured and modified large, open-plan areas into specialized functions for music, arts, a state-of-the-art library/media center, and science labs. Salem High School was the first public school in Massachusetts to utilize the new state-approved CM-at-Risk process, which brought the project in on time and within budget.
Stanley Elementary School
New Elementary School | Waltham, MA
The award-winning Stanley Elementary School, a "green" school from its inception, is the first public elementary school in Massachusetts to achieve a Silver LEED rating from the USGBC. As a recipient of one of the first grants from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative for renewable-energy generation, the project was accomplished within the State’s strict funding formula. An example of the building’s “no cost” green strategies is its orientation on an east-west axis to maximize natural day lighting and give views to 90% of the interior spaces.
University of Northern British Columbia
Master Plan | British Columbia, Canada
Three major axes were oriented towards significant scenic views and along the natural landscape, which organize the long-range Campus Master Plan for the University of Northern British Columbia. At the intersection of these axes is the “Agora,” a single-story internal connector between all major buildings. As the university has grown, the radial organization has kept the essential relationships of the plan. The design guidelines require exposed timber and stone inspired by indigenous building traditions to provide both design freedom and a cohesive campus aesthetic.
New Construction | Chester, PA
The Widener University School of Business Administration in Chester, PA houses the MBA program in this new 32,500 square foot complex. A two-story, sky-lit atrium provides convenient access to all major academic spaces, and draws an abundance of natural lighting into interior spaces. This signature building also provides a new entrance to the larger Widener University campus and enhances pedestrian circulation between existing residential and core academic buildings. The building is heated and cooled using an innovative geothermal system.