Granby Elementary School

Granby, MA

Public school districts in rural areas often struggle to fund sorely needed school building projects.  Granby Elementary demonstrates how a thoughtful addition and renovation can transform a worn school into an entirely new teaching environment, and at reasonable cost.  Here a 32,000sf addition was added in front of an existing, efficient 37,000sf slab on grade 1960’s elementary school. The addition’s masonry detailing, bay windows and dramatic covered entry provide a welcoming counterpoint to the school’s former entry.  Now bright, cheerful corridors connect the old and new buildings establishing a useful outdoor courtyard.  Daylighting strategies, natural materials and a dynamic playscape integrate the learning experience with the natural environment.