Winthrop Middle/High School
HMFH Architects, Inc.
Grand Prize Winner 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: Middle School/High School
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Whole Building/Campus Design
Location: Winthrop, MA
District/Inst.: Winthrop Public Schools
Chief Administrator: Lisa Howard, Superintendent
Completion Date: June 2016
Gross Area: 189,500 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 195 sq. ft.
Site Size: 8.28 acres
Capacity: 970 students
Cost per Student: $65,490
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $335
Total Cost: $63,526,119
Winthrop’s new 970-student middle/high school design is a showcase for student achievement and community pride. The new school is outfitted for 21st-century, hands-on learning. Students have an exciting variety of learning and social spaces, including expanded opportunities to experience science, technology, and arts education outside of a traditional classroom. Specialty spaces include a vocational fabrication and carpentry space for the unique “Viking Long Ship” program, culinary arts café, state of the art science labs, and learning commons. This variety of hands-on learning spaces complements the STEAM-centered middle school curriculum and interdisciplinary team teaching at the high school.
The building contains two distinct zones for the middle and high school joined by shared core facilities including the gymnasium, library, kitchen, and 580-seat auditorium. Each zone houses a three-story conical lightwell which creates beautiful gathering spaces that funnel daylight throughout each floor of the building.
At each of the school’s entrances, important program pieces pop out of the building volume, both to draw attention to the entrance and to highlight programs important to the community such as the fine and performing arts. Architectural elements conjure nautical themes to reflect the school’s oceanfront context, from a wave pattern to the evocation of a ship’s sail.
Nice integration of the middle and high school. Good use of super graphics. Connection of learning space to the outdoor space is also a nice feature.
HMFH Architects, Inc.
TINA STANISLASKI, AIA, LEED-AP, BD+C