Project Detail

J.F.K. Elementary School & Holbrook Middle High School

New Combined PK-12 Facility | Holbrook, Massachusetts

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.

Honors and Awards

North American Copper in Architecture Award 2018

Time Span 2014–2018
Type New Combined PK-12 Facility
Client Holbrook Public Schools
Size 217,350 sf
Architectural 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
Photographer Robert Benson

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