The new 155,000 SF middle school is designed for 950 students in grades 6 through 8 was the first of three school projects for the coastal district. Two middle schools, located on opposite ends of town, were consolidated to bring together students of varying demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and combine their respective themes under one roof. The new Groton Middle School follows the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and includes STEM & Arts and Humanities pathways.
Our challenge was to transform the site to fit Groton Public Schools’ academic and facility needs for the school. The design had to integrate a safe and healthy environment for learning while providing flexible, educational environments that promote tomorrow’s teaching and collaborative learning activities.
SLAM worked closely with Groton Public Schools to ensure their academic and facility goals were met. The new school provides hands- on and simulated learning spaces to support engaged learning, exterior learning space that ties to the architecture and organization of the building, and improved access to technological tools for faculty and students throughout the building.
Sustainability Design Features:
The project exceeds Connecticut’s High Performance Building Standards, achieving LEED Gold equivalent.