Mountview Middle School

Lamoureux Pagano Architects

Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase

Mountainview Middle School

Project Information

Facility Use: Middle School
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Holden, MA
District/Inst.: Wachusett Regional School District
Chief Administrator: Daryll McCall, Superintendent
Completion Date: 2016
Gross Area: 127,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 158.75 sq. ft.
Site Size: 28.8 acres
Current Enrollment: 782 students
Capacity: 800 students
Cost per Student: $45,212
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $284.80
Total Cost: $36,170,266

Mountainview Middle SchoolMountview Middle School serves sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from the Town of Holden, Mass. Designed to replace an overcrowded, outdated, inefficient, and inaccessible building dating back to 1967, the new three-story, 127,000-square-foot school was built for a population of 800 students.

Two wings of the building are connected by a central lobby and entrance. One wing houses shared spaces like the cafeteria and gymnasium, with the other wing dedicated to academics. The academic section of the building has three floors, one for each grade, each with 12 classrooms divided into two pods, one gold and one blue, for the school colors.

Mountainview Middle SchoolThe educational program is a team-based curriculum with classrooms clustered around common meeting areas. Mountview’s “school within a school” approach provides an approachable scale for young learners while also providing the core advantages of a large facility.

“Mountview has been designated as a ‘green’ school and reflects the many modern materials and technologies that help us to save energy and utilize materials that are friendly for a school environment. Additionally, Mountview Middle School was constructed on time and under budget, which reflects their commitment to our project and the taxpayers,” says Principal Erik Githmark.

Judges Comments

Beautiful grounds and views. Nice use of floor graphics to create more interesting, active spaces. Advanced sustainable design features warranted Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) recognition.

Mountainview Middle SchoolArchitect(s):

Lamoureux Pagano Architects