Town of Braintree
East Middle School Renovation + Expansion

BRAINTREE, MA

Our renovation and expansion of the Town of Braintree’s East Middle School grew out of a town-wide redistribution of students and seeks to realign the aging 1961 school with Braintree Public School's strategic goals and mission of promoting excellence in instruction and student achievement. East Middle School serves 1,180 students in grades 5-8. It operates with a “schools within a school” model, providing distinct academic clusters or “academies” for grades 5-6 and 7-8.

A new, centrally located Media Commons will be the hub for learning and innovation. It will occupy a previously underutilized courtyard and will be connected to separate Innovation Labs on either side — enhancing the small learning communities. A bright and energizing space, the Media Commons features a saw-tooth roof with skylights to provide ample natural light. Flexible furniture will shape a range of learning environments for small, medium and large group activities, in addition to individual study.

Approach to Main Entrance

Approach to Main Entrance

A hub for learning and innovation, the Media Commons will be a defining feature for students with ample natural light and flexible environments. 

Section view of the Learning Commons

Section view of the Learning Commons

Separate Academy Commons for grades 5-6 and 7-8 provide intimate environments for focused group activities and reinforces the small school concept.

Academy Commons

Academy Commons

The scope of our renovation and expansion encompasses approximately 184,400 sf and reuses much of the existing school. Our approach improves the overall building layout and enables the consolidation of the community-oriented, public spaces to provide easy, controlled access for the public. The expansion and site improvements minimize impact on the existing playfields and maximize available parking capacity.

The project is targeting LEED Silver certification, seeking significant reductions to energy usage with improvements to the building envelope, addition of sun shades, and roof mounted photovoltaic panels. Our approach allows the current student population to remain throughout construction, which will be phased to minimize impact to occupants.

New courtyards flanking the Media Commons are active spaces for learning and socialization. 

Upper Courtyard

Upper Courtyard

Lower Courtyard

Lower Courtyard

Classrooms are flexible environments, supportive of a variety of teaching methods and student collaboration.

Typical Classroom

Typical Classroom

Typical Science Classroom

Typical Science Classroom

Typical Science Classroom Diagram

Typical Science Classroom Diagram

Lobby

Lobby

Auditorium

Auditorium

Cafeteria

Cafeteria


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