Town of Arlington Gibbs School

Arlington, MA

Type of Project: Renovation
Duration of Project: 15 months
Square footage: 69,000 sf
Partners: Architect: Finegold Alexander Architects, OPM: NV5

Noteworthy: Shawmut, in partnership with Finegold Alexander Architects and NV5, renovated the historic Gibbs School, a 69,000 sf building originally built in 1928 and de-commissioned approximately 25 years ago due to a decrease in enrollment, to create a new sixth-grade-only facility to accommodate Arlington’s growing school-age population. The renovation created a high-ceilinged, open layout with tech-enabled and flexible classrooms, as well as breakout collaborative spaces for smaller group learning. A new, redefined main entrance and canopy on the Foster Street side of the school was designed to create a warm, safe, and inviting approach. An all-new media center was created in the former auditorium to create a flexible, multi-purpose learning space with group meeting tables, individual work areas, and a mezzanine large enough to accommodate a full class of students.

Targeting LEED® v4 for Schools Construction

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