Library and Landscape at Charter School

Designed by Studio G

HCCS construction progress

Holyoke Community Charter School in progress

Holyoke, MA – Construction is underway at Holyoke Community Charter School.  Studio G Architects designed a new 15,000sf permanent addition for the public K-8 school with enrollment of more than 700 students.

“We saw an opportunity to connect the library with the landscape. The exterior courtyard is designed as a contemplative garden with stone pathway and bamboo plantings that will serve as an extension of interior learning spaces.” Said Steve Michener, project manager.

Studio G’s design consists of five classrooms, a computer testing center, staff and student lavatories, service and storage areas, and a new library that spills into a landscaped courtyard.

The library space contains ample book storage, a cozy reading nook, digital work stations and informal collaborative spaces. Large windows provide abundant daylight, views to the outdoors, and critical connectivity to an adjacent courtyard, which will double as a flexible outdoor classroom.

Completion is anticipated by August 2014.