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PSA Brown Bag 2018 Tour Series: 7/18 Waynflete Lower School
July 18, 2018 @ 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
‘School’s out for the summer‘ is our 2018 theme for the PSA Brown Bag Tours. During mid-July through mid- August we have planned tours of a variety of educational institution typologies (from grade school to pre-graduate studies) that push the boundaries of innovation, high-performance and excellence in design: Waynflete’s Lower School in Portland, The Roux Center for the Environment at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, and the Maine Coast Waldorf High School in Freeport.
We will start our series with a tour of the Lower School at Waynflete.
The new 30,000 SF Waynflete Lower School building replaces an outdated white brick addition built in 1968. Undersized and overused, the former school building was a confusing, multi-level conglomeration of several buildings and additions that tended to separate and isolate the school’s four learning age groups.
The new building is designed to integrate the four age groups and organize their “habitats” around a central lobby and atrium that runs right through the middle of the building, connecting the upper level playground at the front entrance with the lower level playfield behind the building.
The design organizes the building into two wings joined by the atrium and a shared classroom, which allows natural daylight to flow into three sides of each classroom grouping. The building includes flexible learning spaces for PS/K, 1/2, 3/4, and 4/5 grade students, as well as art studio and an innovation lab on the lower level, opening out to the playfield for after school activities.
The building has a high-performance exterior envelope and high efficiency mechanical and lighting systems. It is designed to achieve Passive House certification, which will reduce the energy use to 80% less than energy code requirements. Currently under construction, the building will be ready for occupancy in August 2018.
Limited number of spots available. Register here