Setting a Precedent

Holbrook PreK-12 School
Holbrook, Massachusetts

In 2013, SMMA was selected as the owner’s project manager for the Town of Holbrook’s new preK-12 school, which will consolidate the District’s three aged, undersized educational facilities into a single location. The new school will be built on the current ball field of the existing junior/senior high school property; after construction, the old school will be demolished and replaced by a new football field and track complex. The project will be the first preK-12 school built in the Commonwealth with funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

Work began with a year-long feasibility study that analyzed multiple school sizes and grade configurations were analyzed—including preK-8, grades six through 12, grades seven through 12, and finally, preK through 12 facilities. The study also considered potential regionalization with a neighboring town, and the new facility will be able to accommodate that option in the future, should the Town opt to proceed in that direction.

All renderings courtesy of Flansburgh Architects

Collaboration Allows Continued Occupation

Because the existing and new building are in such proximity to one another, SMMA is working closely with the Town, the architect of record (Flansburgh Architects), and the construction manager (Consigli) to develop a detailed strategic phasing plan that allows the existing school to remain fully operational while the new school is constructed. 

Taking the LEED

The new school, designed to measure 217,350 square feet over two stories, will comprise two wings—one housing pre-kindergarten through grade five; the other, grades six through 12—separated by a  community center that includes an auditorium, gymnasium, and administrative offices. The building will be LEED Silver-certified, incorporating numerous “green” elements that will improve operational efficiencies, including, daylighting, displacement ventilation, and LED lighting throughout.

The project had been more than 10 years in the making, and is slated for completion in December 2017. It is expected to result in significant cost savings for the Town, being as it will be Holbrook’s only school facility.