Project Detail

Morey Elementary School

New PK-4 Facility | Lowell, Massachusetts

The new Morey School in Lowell, MA is designed to be a modern neighborhood school serving the needs of 530 PreK-4 students. The facilities of the new building are designed to be available to community members of all ages for recreational uses, adult literacy programs, and community meetings. The building takes advantage of its adjacency to a neighborhood park to provide opportunities for its students to have both indoor and outdoor play and learning spaces. The building is designed so that all classrooms have north or south exposure, which permits the design of mechanical systems to create the most consistent interior environment as well as to take advantage of natural day light for all classrooms. All kindergarten and pre-kindergarten space is located on the ground floor with direct outside access, further enhancing the opportunities for developmental growth of the youngest members of the school community. The school has traditional enhancement spaces (art and music) but also includes a science room and a computer laboratory. Multiple smaller-group rooms, which are conveniently located to each classroom in order to provide opportunities for group work, specialized instruction, and parental involvement in the educational program.

The school is articulated as house-sized elements arranged in a rhythm that continues the pattern of the neighborhood. Light colored brick is staggered at every other course to suggest the scale, texture, and color of surrounding homes. The height is limited to two stories (unlike the imposing 3 ½ story high existing school). Outdoor classroom spaces are treated as front yards along the street.

Time Span 2007–2009
Type Elementary School
Client Lowell Public Schools
Size 67,365 square feet
Cost $16 million
Design Team David Croteau, Principal-in-charge; Kelley Banks, Project Architect/Manager
Consultants Engineers Design Group (Structural Engineer); TMP Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP Engineer)
Photographer Robert Benson

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