Shawmut completed Belmont Day School’s Barn, a brand new $11 million, 25,000-square-foot multi-function educational building on the campus of the co-educational, independent day school located in the Boston suburb of Belmont.
Designed by architecture firm Utile Design, the two-story building includes two ground-floor classrooms, a wood shop, and a technology innovation lab. The second floor includes two art studios and a third flexible classroom space that will evolve as needed for the school’s curriculum and programs. On the second floor are meeting areas and an open collaboration space on the mezzanine. The project also features a host of exterior improvements to the campus which were designed by engineer Stantec and include two upgraded athletic fields, refinished tennis and basketball courts, a new driveway, increased parking, and comprehensive landscaping.
“The construction of the Barn is a continuation of the commitment to progressive, whole-child education upon which Belmont Day was founded over 90 years ago,” said Brendan Largay, Head of School at Belmont Day School. “This bright, beautiful new space enhances our ability moving forward to deliver on our mission of educating and challenging young students to become lifelong learners and leaders.”
The Barn’s modern, low-impact design features a pre-engineered steel building with airy, sun-filled classrooms, flexible learning and breakout spaces, and a two-court, multi-sport gymnasium with multiple garage-style doors to create an indoor-outdoor experience. In addition to curriculum-based learning, the barn will be open for the all students, from pre-kindergarten to eighth, for a wide variety of after school, enrichment, and summer programs for the entire community.