New construction 139,000 sf
Grades 6-8, 900 students
First public school in Maine to be completely heated and cooled by a closed-loop geothermal heat pump system
Gorham Middle School is the first school building in Maine to be entirely heated and air conditioned with a closed-loop geothermal heat pump system–which circulates water through pipes deep in the ground to extract the earth’s heat. The system is estimated to save 30-40% of energy costs over conventional systems.
To break down the 900-student population, each of the school’s three student houses is further divided into three teams of about 100 students. Each house has its own classrooms, open computer labs, and teacher preparation rooms, and is organized around a flexible commons area for project-based learning.
Shared specialized spaces include technology classrooms, a TV studio, music and art rooms, and a fitness room.
To see the project spaces and school hub, click here.
Photos © Sandy Agrafiotis