Project Detail

Charles River School | Middle School

New Grade 7–8 Facility | Dover, Massachusetts

Charles River School (CRS) is an independent day school in Dover, Massachusetts. CRS currently serves approximately 190 students in grades PreK-8. The campus is located in the center of Dover, and consists of four buildings surrounding a central playground. CRS is a multi-age and family-like community that celebrates the joy of childhood. The school encourages the freedom to explore through in-depth projects and a strong connection to the outdoors.

After working with the CRS community to develop a master plan that provides a long term vision, ensures a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, establishes an overall scope, and is flexible and dynamic, Flansburgh was retained by the school to design its new Middle School building. The design for the Middle School building aims at providing a facility that supports the project-based and student-centered teaching at the heart of the school's curricular program.

Located at the heart of Dover, the building sits across the street from the Town Hall. In response, the front facade is designed to fit contextually into the historic town center, with traditional board-and-batten siding and double-hung windows. Facing the rear into the school, however, the building takes a more contemporary forms, with a two-story, wood-framed glass wall revealing a large common gathering area in the center of the building. Eight classrooms as well as breakout rooms, a faculty room, and a kitchen, open onto this central space, which features a amphitheater-style seating area.

Honors and Awards

BSA Educational Facilities Design Awards (2019)


Time Span 2016–2019
Type New Grade 7–8 Facility
Client Charles River School
Size 13,000 square feet
Cost $6.8 million
Design Team David Croteau, Principal-in-Charge; Jenni Katajamäki, Project Manager; Joseph Marshall, Project Architect
Consultants Meridian Associates (Civil Engineer); Brown + Sardina (Landscape Architect); Bala Consulting Engineers (MEP Engineer); Roome & Guarracino (Structural Engineer); LAB [3.2] Architecture (Interior Architect)
General Contractor Bowdoin Construction
Photographer Robert Benson
Videographer Raber Umphenour

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