Peter Vanderwarker

From the 2023 Architectural Portfolio: Brightwood-Lincoln Elementary School

Jan. 23, 2024
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Elementary Schools category.

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts, sought to consolidate a small school built in 1898 with an antiquated school that was inadequate as a learning environment. The two schools now share a combined facility. Maximizing every space, including corridors, for diversified learning was an important goal. Educational opportunities include flexible spaces for universal design for learning, makerspaces, project-based learning, and outdoor learning through educational gardens. The school has become a source of civic pride for its neighborhood and a true community center.

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