Orchard Garden K-8 Pilot School

  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts


Working with architect TLCR, Veitas and Veitas tackled the challenge of creating a structural design for a large three-story middle school in an urban neighborhood that was undergoing change and development. Like many urban school districts, Boston Public Schools was working with a small urban site, a constricted budget and a tight timeline. The project was intended to be a prominent “gateway” into a revitalized mixed-income housing development.


A new three-story, 144,000-square-foot middle school was designed to fit Orchard Garden’s limited urban site. The building included a pile-supported cafeteria wing, gymnasium, auditorium, science labs and outdoor play spaces. The multi-level main structure was created to offer flexible layout possibilities, allowing the school to be split vertically by stairwell or horizontally by floor into “mini-schools”. Framed floors used composite structure steel design to minimize floor vibrations inside classrooms. On the exterior, primary color metal panels grow out from a durable masonry base to provide a visually vibrant learning community and neighborhood gateway.

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