JCJ Architecture assisted Manchester-Essex Regional School District with a feasibility study supporting the goals identified in the visioning sessions and the educational program. After considerable evaluation of the proposed design schemes, estimated costs, construction schedules and evaluation of swing space options, the School Building Committee decided a new building located on the existing Memorial School site with a phased while occupied construction schedule.
This new two story 77,102 SF building will have footprint of approximately 52,964 SF with the remainder of the 24,138 SF comprising the second-floor area that would allow both the pedestrian and vehicular circulation to be improved on site and all play areas to be updated.
Within the building, a central “Hub” space will act as an important gathering space for the students. This area will be activated by the program elements that will adjoin the space. These adjacent program elements will include; the Media Center, Cafeteria/Gymnasium, Project Rooms, Administration, Art and Music Rooms all in close proximity to the central location of the “Hub” space to support the collaborative teaching and shared efficiencies.
Within the building a central “Hub” space will act as an important gathering space for the students. This area will be activated by the program elements that will adjoin the space.
The students will remain in the existing building through the duration of the first phase of construction then to move into the completed classroom portion of the new building. The students will continue to utilize the existing Gymnasium, Cafeteria and Auditorium while their replacements are constructed during the second phase of construction. The full building would be occupied upon the completion of Phase II work. Final site work and new hardscape areas will be completed upon the final demolition of the existing structure.