Flansburgh Architects studied nine options for Holbrook Public Schools and after a long, careful analysis, narrowed down the choices to a new grades PreK-12 school on the existing Junior-Senior High School site that would consolidate all schools in the District to one location. The two existing elementary schools would be closed and either sold or repurposed. This will be the first PreK-12 school built in Massachusetts under the Massachusetts School Building Authority.
The new 217,353-sf, two-story building serves the 1,095 students in the Holbrook School District. Grades PreK-5 will be completely separated from grades 6-12. Each section of the school has its own entrance, administration, and facilities. Facilities include larger classrooms, new media centers, and science labs that conform to 21st Century education standards. Also included are dedicated art, music, band, computer labs, special education, and all other required educational spaces. The school houses two cafeterias and a 320-seat auditorium, as well as two larger gymnasiums with divisible basketball courts and 500-seat bleachers, new baseball and softball fields, and new synthetic turf, multi-purpose field, and running track for both school and community use.
The design features numerous “green” elements that improve operational efficiency of the school such as occupancy sensors for lighting, an energy efficient displacement air system, and a building-wide energy management system, in addition to improved student safety with new building security, access control, fire alarm, and fire suppression systems.
The school serves 1,095 students grades Pre-kindergarten through 12 in a new building that is 217,353 gsf on two floors. This consolidates all three existing aged schools in the town into a single building with separate entries and spaces for PreK-5 and 6-12. The school was built in a single phase, thereby reducing disruption to students during construction, resolving the issue of three antiquated schools, and satisfying 21st century learning goals.The total site area includes approximately 37 acres and contains a new football/soccer field with running track, a new baseball field and a new softball field.
Grades PreK-5 are completely separated from grades 6-12. Each section of the school will have its own entrance, administration, and facilities. Program elements include two cafeterias, a 320-seat auditorium, two larger gymnasiums, general classrooms, teacher development spaces, two media centers, and science labs that conform to 21st Century education standards. Also included are dedicated art, music, band, computer labs, special education spaces, and a STEAM commons to enhance the learning process by thinking creatively.
The project has been certified LEED Gold and boasts a 35% savings of water usage and 34% energy savings over baseline. In addition, the Town governing bodies took the step of voting a permanent protection of 7.6 acres of Town owned land adjacent to the school site for habitat preservation and restoration.
Honors and Awards
|Type||New Combined PK-12 Facility|
|Client||Holbrook Public Schools|
|Design Team||Kent Kovacs, Principal-in-charge; Vince Dube, Project Manager; Michael Cimorelli, Project Designer|
|Consultants||Structural Engineer: Boston Building Consultants; MEP Engineer: GGD; Civil Engineer: Nitsch Engineering: Estimator: PM&C; Landscape: Waterman Design; Equipment: Tavares Design; Technology: Edvance|
|Certifications||Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Gold|