HMFH Selected for School Feasibility Study

Franklin Elementary School

Newton, MA – HMFH Architects announced it has been selected by the City of Newton to conduct a pre-feasibility study for Franklin Elementary School.

The redevelopment of Franklin Elementary, whether through new construction or additions and renovations, will be designed to create greater neighborhood and school equity, and is a part of the city’s 10-year plan to modernize its school buildings.

Located along Derby Street, Franklin Elementary is one of 15 neighborhood elementary schools in Newton. It was originally constructed in 1938 with additions built in 1950 and 1953. The school lacks sufficient programming space and an appropriate music room; the classrooms are undersized for today’s standards; and it is not fully accessible or ADA compliant.

To better understand the enrollment, space demands, and physical challenges at the current school, HMFH is beginning with a pre-feasibility phase that includes a facilities assessment, establishment of educational programmatic needs, and development of alternative conceptual design. Moreover, each alternative concept will address educational needs, neighborhood context, and healthy and sustainable principles.

In September, HMFH and New Vista Design will facilitate educational visioning sessions with the Franklin community to assure the program meets the priorities and needs specific to its students, faculty, staff, and parents.

“The design of highly efficient and sustainable buildings is a priority for Newton, and the creation of wonderful facilities that promote 21st century teaching and learning environments helps Newton advance our goals and objectives with regards to excellence in education and inclusion,” said Alex Valcarce, deputy commissioner of the City of Newton Public Buildings Department. “HMFH is known for its excellence in educational planning, community process, and sustainable design. We are excited to be working with them to determine the best path forward for Franklin and its community.”