New construction, high and middle schools 137,000 sf total
Middle school planned for 200, currently 254
Which facilities should the middle school share with the high school? In what areas should the two groups be kept apart?
Whittier Middle School is much smaller than the attached high school, with its own entrance and architectural identity. Its friendly vernacular architecture contrasts with the larger, blockier high school.
In planning sessions led by architects from PDT, the town decided to merge some core functions (library, dining commons, administrative offices, and art and music spaces), but to retain the middle school’s own entrance, gymnasium and locker facilities, and baseball/softball and soccer fields.
The two-house middle school includes a multi-purpose science/art project room, several classrooms with folding walls, sinks in every classroom, and a conference room for teaching teams.
By referencing older buildings in town, among them the famous Poland Spring Inn, the architectural design of this school reinforces pride and community ownership.
The commons, which serves as a lobby for all community functions, was designed as a “town square” at the heart of the building.
A rich variety of colors evokes traditional values while enlivening spaces used primarily by young adults. The 400-seat auditorium is used for town meetings as well as school events.
For the school’s website, click here.
Photos © Greg Morley except the wide exterior shot © Sandy Agrafiotis