Perkins School for the Blind
Lower School

Watertown, MA

 

The new Lower School at Perkins School for the Blind was designed to enable teachers to deliver specialized, high quality education and services for students who are blind, have low vision or are deafblind. It was created to meet the needs of Perkins‘ evolving curriculum and contiuum of services that strive to educate the whole child.

 Classroom

Classroom


Specialized learning environments support Perkins’ Expanded Core Curriculum, social skills development, and introduction to vocational activities.


 Exterior

Exterior

Serving students ages 6-14, the Lower School program combines academic instruction with Perkins’ Expanded Core Curriculum, social skills development, and introduction to vocational activities. The school was designed to accommodate the program’s special educational, living and safety needs. It features a range of classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities and ample space for optimum learning. In addition to specialized classrooms, the Lower School includes an multipurpose auditorium and gymnasium.

Designed to fit compatibly within Perkins’ historic Collegiate Gothic campus, but also reflect Perkins commitment to sustainability, the new 62,000 sf building draws on traditional building forms and features a range of green design features including photovoltaic arrays, green roof, daylighting with sunscreens and light shelves. It opened in 2011 and is LEED-Gold certified and MA-CHPS Verified. 

 Multipurpose Auditorium during a graduation ceremony

Multipurpose Auditorium during a graduation ceremony

 Gymnasium

Gymnasium

 Therapy Room

Therapy Room

 Classroom

Classroom


 

The new Lower School is LEED-Gold certified and MA-CHPS Verified.
Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels, a green roof, sun shades, and light shelves are among the project's green design strategies.

 

 Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels

Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels

Photos by Mori Insinger and Ben Johnson
 Green Roof

Green Roof


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