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HMFH’s Urban School Design Featured in Building Design + Construction

Building Design + Construction showcases successful vertical schools, featuring HMFH’s solutions for schools on tight or dense urban sites.


Multilevel designs present creative solutions for schools contending with urban locations, other site constraints, or budget concerns. HMFH’s design for the Morris H. Seigal Clark Avenue Middle School maximizes a postage stamp site with a plan for five floors of classrooms and strategically phased, occupied construction. At Arlington High School, the six-story school plan is an opportunity to infuse the design with light, transparency, and sight lines throughout the building. Read the full article, “Tall Schools, Tight Spaces,” in Building Design + Construction.



The five-story Clark Avenue School in Chelsea—a 5th to 8th grade drama-focused feeder for Chelsea High School that opened last fall—has stairs that are ‘light-filled, wide, with colors, and welcoming,’ says Lori Cowles, a Principal with HMFH Architects.”



Another of HMFH’s projects is the six-story Arlington (Mass.) High School, whose design called for large open interior spaces that allow students to see more of what’s going on above and below them. ‘This ties the levels together,’ says Cowles.”