Project Type: New/Renovation
Construction Cost: $24.9M
Size: 67,700 SF New
64,700 SF Reno

K-12 Public Schools

Burgess Elementary School

Sturbridge, MA

DRA’s first task in the process that ultimately brought new life to the Burgess Elementary school was to analyze the short and long-term facility needs. First opening in 1950 with additions in 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1972, the school is in original or near original condition. Although the facility was well maintained, the physical plant has deteriorated. All of the original MEP systems are overtaxed, outdated and in need of replacement. Most of the building does not meet current accessibility requirements. The shortcomings of the existing 35-acre site include inadequate parking, parent drop-off areas and bus loop length.

After developing a series of options, we determined that the most efficient and budget savvy solution would be a phased construction of a two-story classroom addition, and comprehensive renovations to the 1972 open-plan classroom building with demolition of the older portions of the existing school. DRA was then selected to continue with design and construction services for the project.

The school houses two gymnasiums to cater to the student population as well as the community in addition to the new classroom layout. The existing building renovations include an updated media center and cafeteria adjacent to an updated stage for performances.

The finished school building incorporates sustainable measures such as low flow fixtures and a solar array to help teach students good practices. The current building technology will utilize a wireless overlay in addition to multiple locations for flexibility and future use.

Bright colors and age appropriate patterns, both inside the building and out, are designed to be both eye-catching and stimulate student’s creativity. The project was completed in 2012.

Project Leadership

Courtney M. Southwick

LEED AP BD+C | WELL AP | Senior Associate | Project Manager

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA

LEED AP BD+C | President | Principal

Ann Marie Procopio, IIDA

Senior Associate | Director of Interior Design
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