At the culmination of a master plan for Groton Public Schools and the largest passed-referendum in state history, a new 155,000-SF, 950-student middle school was the first of three school projects for the ship-building, coastal district. Two middle schools, located on opposite ends of town, were consolidated to bring together students of varying demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and combine their respective themes, STEAM and Arts & Humanities, under one roof.
Our challenge was to transform the site to fit Groton Public Schools’ academic and facility needs for the school. The design had to integrate a safe and healthy environment for learning while providing flexible, educational environments that promote tomorrow’s teaching and collaborative learning activities.
SLAM worked closely with Groton Public Schools to ensure their academic and facility goals were met. The new school provides hands-on and simulated learning spaces to support engaged learning, exterior learning space that ties to the architecture and organization of the building, and improved access to technological tools for faculty and students throughout the building.
Sustainability Design Features:
The project exceeds Connecticut’s High Performance Building Standards, achieving LEED Gold equivalent.