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SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Sherwood Middle School was named the Judges Choice, for the Sustainability and Innovation Award by the “School Planning and Management” publication. In addition, architects Lamoureaux Pagano & Associates were recognized for Outstanding Design in Architecture and Education.
“The 130,000 square foot contemporary middle school was designed to provide a comprehensive educational environment for 900 fifth and sixth grade students, as well as space for student and community events. The progressive learning environment was designed with five “neighborhoods” of classrooms organized around a common room to foster a collaborative, flexible learning environment with integrated special education, project based curriculum support, and team teaching organization.
The building features a highly efficient insulated metal panel exterior wall system and a low tech solar wall application that provides supplemental heat to the gymnasium, reducing energy costs. Other green features include LED lighting, low maintenance recycled linoleum flooring, and night sky lighting to minimize the necessary amount of light for the exterior of the building and site. The compact floor plan incorporated a ventilation system with ducted fresh air intakes to optimize indoor air quality, and acoustics designed to minimize disruptions.”