Project information

  • Student body 1,600

A private academy that functions as the local high school, Thornton Academy has been strategically increasing its boarding department in order to increase diversity and offer a broader range of courses.

 

Saco, ME

 

Dormitory

  • New construction 22,700 sf

  • Construction cost $4.2M

  • Completed 2017

The third dormitory in the expansion of TA’s boarding program will be ready for occupants when school opens in 2017.

Dormitory

This third dormitory is a 22,700-sf, two-story building that can accommodate 52 students and four dorm parents’ families in separate apartments. Like the previous two dormitories, it is designed in a style reminiscent of the shingle style vernacular. The orientation of the building along Main Street creates a safe, common access point, protecting the privacy of the families and students residing in the dormitory village.

The building has been designed with breaks along the length of the building including changes in wall planes to create residential-scale building blocks and porches at the apartments. Contrasting paint colors and window accent colors along the façade further emphasize the residential massing elements.


Scamman Science Addition

  • Addition 12,775 sf

  • Construction cost $2.5M

  • Completed 2016

Students can easily rearrange the furniture in these science classrooms depending on the assignment. Power drops from the classroom ceiling enable students to plug in microscopes all over the room.

Science classes can change formats from lecture to discussion to lab work in one class period.

Scamman Science Addition

The new 8-classroom STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) addition allows the school to strengthen and expand its regular and AP curriculums. Features such as teacher prep rooms, ceiliing-mounted cord reels, ample fume hoods, Apple TVs, movable tables and chairs, demonstration stations, and daylighting support inquiry-based learning.

In the course of a 90-minute class, AP biology and chemistry classes may rearrange the furnishings several times to move from lecture to small conference to research stations.


Master Plan Buildout

  • 7 projects, 6 renovations and I addition

  • Completed 2013-15

PDT renovated Thornton’s 19-th century gymnasium into a spacious, light-filled learning commons.

Freestanding study and conference rooms in the learning commons delineate quiet research spaces from noisier collaboration areas.

The former school library was renovated for the Arts + New Media Program, with transparent walls and a variety of seating.

Master Plan Buildout

PDT’s 2012 Master Plan “found” space for instructional programs that could be reclaimed by moving some functions and renovating others. Chief among the 7 small projects were the renovation of the old gym space for the new library, and the renovation of the former library for the Arts + New Media program. This advanced technology space provides the tools for courses such as Music Technology, Game Design Development, Technical Writing in an iPad World, and Video Production.


Arts Center

  • New construction 54,000 sf

  • Completed 1996

The lobby for the auditorium doubles as an art gallery and gathering space.

The Thornton auditorium is surrounded with arts and theater spaces that serve as green rooms and scenery prep spaces for performances.

The arts center echoes the historic Thornton architecture in its lines and choice of materials.

Arts Center

The arts center, library, and cafeteria project created a new quadrangle on the campus and a new civic-minded façade to Main Street. It added 54,000 sf of much-needed space, connecting three existing campus buildings and assuring barrier-free access to the majority of the campus.

The project features a 500-seat theater with two lobbies: one doubles as an art gallery, and the other doubles as overflow cafeteria space. Extensive teaching and performance spaces for music, drama, dance, and video surround the theater. The project also includes a 2-story media center designed around a central skylight and a cafeteria that can be subdivided into two lecture halls.

For the Thornton Academy website, click here.

Photo credit: © Sandy Agrafiotis, Irvin Serrano, Matt Spaulding


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