Setting a Precedent

Holbrook PreK-12 School
Holbrook, Massachusetts

In 2013, SMMA was selected for Owner’s Project Management (OPM) services 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 project is the first wholly new 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 including preK-8, grades 6-12, grades 7-12, and finally a preK-12 facility. The study also considered potential regionalization with a neighboring town, and the new school will be able to accommodate that option in the future, should the Town opt to proceed in that direction. Opened in 2017, the project was designed by Flansburgh Architects and built by Consigli Construction Company.

* All photographs and renderings courtesy of Flansburgh Architects

Collaboration Allows Continued Occupation

Because the existing and new building were in such proximity to one another, SMMA led a logistics planning process with the Town, the Architect, and the Construction Manager to develop a detailed strategic phasing plan that allowed the existing school to remain fully operational while the new school was 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 is LEED Gold-certified, incorporating numerous “green” elements that will improve operational efficiencies, including, daylighting, displacement ventilation, and LED lighting throughout.