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Cole Middle School Earns AIA RI Honor Award

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SMMA's design for the Archie R. Cole Middle School was given an Honor Award by the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects along with special congressional recognition. The AIA Rhode Island cited the contextual nature of the project and celebrated the Cole Middle School for its...

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Bancroft School Marks Topping-Off

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SMMA’s Lorraine Finnegan, AIA, LEED AP, MCPPO, and David Fanuele, LEED AP, attended the building topping off ceremony for the new Bancroft Elementary School in Andover on February 13.

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Five MA Communities Welcome Students to SMMA-Designed Schools

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Designed to provide learning environments where positive socialization can flourish, five schools designed by SMMA opened this week across Massachusetts. Students ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors were welcomed by their teachers into Wellesley High, Grafton High, Tewksbury Memorial...

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Quincy High School Named Green Ribbon School

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Quincy High School, designed by SMMA, is one of 64 schools, and only four in Massachusetts, honored by the U.S. Department of Education with the Green Ribbon School Award. Quincy High School was honored as one of the schools that, according to the USDE, have made “exemplary efforts to reduce...

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Grafton High School Wins CEFPI Project of Distinction Award

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Grafton High School and SMMA were honored with a Project of Distinction award by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International at the association’s northeast regional conference. Opened last September, the school's 187,000-square-foot campus is designed to support a variety of learning...

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Students Return to Two MA-CHPS Verified Schools

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Two SMMA-designed elementary schools were MA-CHPS Verified over the summer, just in time for students to resume classes. The Center School in Stow earned 42 points, even though verification required only 34 points. Parker Elementary School in Billerica earned 39 points out of the required 34.

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Cole Named Verified High-Performance School

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The Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, Rhode Island was one of two Ocean State schools to be recognized as "Verified High-Performance Schools," as designated by the Northeast Collaborative for High-Performance Schools and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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Pitkin Speaks at EdSpaces in San Antonio

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SMMA’s Alex Pitkin, the firm’s Director of Institutional Practice, spoke at EdSpaces, sponsored by the National School Supply and Equipment Association, held December 4 to 6 in San Antonio. Pitkin spoke on “Designing for a Career-Oriented Future.” The session highlighted ways in which high schools...

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Voters Approve Winchester High School Renovation

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On Tuesday, voters in Winchester overwhelmingly approved a debt exclusion to pay for a $130 million overhaul of Winchester High School designed by SMMA. The measure passed by 68%, with 5900 yes votes and 2402 no votes. Fifty-one percent of registered voters cast ballots in the election.

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K-12 Studio News & Notes

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SMMA’s K-12 Studio ended 2013 by gaining the support of several Massachusetts communities for new and renovated school projects. The Wellesley Special Town Meeting (STM) overwhelmingly supported the proposal to renovate two elementary schools – Fiske and Schofield. In addition, the town approved...

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