Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA), a leading educational design firm, announces the completion of the Penn Brook School building in Georgetown, MA. The three story elementary school is designed for 770 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Each grade has five classrooms organized in classroom ‘pods’ with breakout spaces designed in the hallway areas. Special learning spaces include art, computer room, music & band, plus interactive learning spaces outside. The school project has a goal to achieve LEED Silver certification after the remaining site work is completed.
‘The School in the Woods’, as the new Penn Brook School has been dubbed, allows spaces throughout the interior to have views to the surrounding site. The large library/media center is centrally located with views towards the surrounding trees. Classroom spaces have large windows that open up to the woodland views around the site and branch off of the centrally located, shared spaces such as the administration building, library and cafeteria.
Entries are identified by playful gabled roofs reminiscent of mountain lodges, but scaled and detailed to cater to the school community and younger audience. The kindergarten wing has story-telling areas that are highlighted on the exterior with special gabled roofs and fun window concepts such as circles and stacked block shapes.
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