Bristol Aggie’s Center for Science and the Environment Wins Grand Prize Award!

Bristol Aggie’s Center for Science and the Environment Wins Grand Prize Award!

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Our design of Bristol County Agricultural High School’s Center for Science and the Environment earned a Grand Prize award from Learning by Design for exemplary educational architecture that addresses sustainability and social impact, next-generation learning, effective space planning, and community needs.

Designed as a living learning center, the Center for Science and the Environment (CSE) features a student-curated natural resource museum, a grooming lab, bio-secure labs, flexible classrooms, and a student-planted roof garden. Each space is carefully tailored to accommodate specific program needs with innovative technology, lighting and thermal control, and specialized equipment that enable partnerships with local and national environmental organizations. Sustainable design elements, including green roofs, photovoltaics, and composting toilets, reinforce Bristol Aggie’s curriculum rooted in science and environmental education.

Learning by Design’s Educational Facilities Design Awards highlights successful school projects from early childhood to higher education. The Grand Prize award winners earned special recognition for addressing six critical aspects of a successful learning environment: design challenges and innovation, sustainability and social impact, interior architecture, next-generation learning, effective space planning, and community needs. The CSE demonstrates the concept of architecture as a learning tool—with building systems and sustainable design on display for students, the facility itself has become an integral part of the school’s curriculum.

“The Center for Science and the Environment embodies a commitment to sustainability and hands-on learning. Incorporating green roofs, outdoor learning spaces, and composting toilets, the design reflects the school’s focus on agriculture and the environment.”

Jury Comments | Learning by Design

Fales Elementary Wins BE+ Green Building of the Year!

Fales Elementary Wins BE+ Green Building of the Year!

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HMFH’s Annie E. Fales Elementary School won Green Building of the Year at the 2023 Built Environment Plus (BE+) Green Building Showcase—an annual awards program recognizing projects for excellence in healthy, sustainable, and regenerative design.

The Green Building of the Year award honors the most impressive, holistically sustainable project, determined by a panel of industry peers. This marks the second consecutive year that an HMFH project received the Green Building of the Year award, a testament to our continued commitment to designing sustainable learning environments that benefit entire communities.

The Annie E. Fales Elementary School sets a precedent for energy-efficient design as New England’s first net-positive energy public school. On track to achieve LEED Gold, the all-electric facility generates 11.6% more energy than it uses with an extensive rooftop PV array and geothermal well field.

Project goals rooted in sustainability and environmental stewardship drove the design, which exceeds ambitious energy targets and connects students to their local environment.

  • A sculptural, sawtooth roof design maximizes space for a 25,000 sf PV array and creates north-facing clerestories that fill the interiors with natural light
  • Forty 600-foot-deep geothermal wells supply heating and cooling to the building
  • Strategic siting on a steeply sloped site and a well-insulated exterior envelope minimizes heat loss and gain
  • Whimsical environmental graphics depict the school mascot (Annie the Hedgehog) traveling through local ecosystems to inspire environmental stewardship at the elementary level

“It’s great to see energy positive performance in a publicly funded school project. The focus on connecting kids to nature will reap huge benefits for the students and teachers.”

Jury Comments | Built Environment Plus

Green Roofs Expand Minds and Opportunities

Green Roofs Expand Minds and Opportunities

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Chapman Middle School Receives Educational Facilities Design Award

Chapman Middle School Receives Educational Facilities Design Award

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Our design of the new Chapman Middle School is the recipient of a Grand Prize Award in Learning by Design’s Spring 2023 Educational Facilities Design Awards program. A national recognition, the award honors projects that incorporate next generation learning spaces and planning concepts.

Recognized by the jury for excellence in six categories including its organizational strategy, community-oriented spaces, and innovative approach to exploratory, team-based learning, the new Chapman Middle School is the culmination of a collaborative vision between the designers and community.

The Town Square—the school’s central hub—is a flexible gathering space for community events, informal study, and dining. Exploratory labs in the tower structures surrounding the Town Square provide specialized facilities for career pathway programs, which are an integral and unique part of the school’s curriculum.

Project areas, outdoor classrooms, and breakout spaces in the academic wings reinforce Weymouth’s commitment to modern educational delivery and a well-rounded student experience. The emphasis on inclusive, hands-on learning combined with high-level design and unique spaces for students, faculty, and community members contributed to the project’s recognition.

“This is a unique and exciting design for a middle school. Interior spaces are well programmed and organized to celebrate gathering in common areas while successfully separating different grade levels.”

Jury Comments | Learning by Design

Bristol Aggie Invests in the Future

Bristol Aggie Invests in the Future

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Saugus Middle High School Wins BSA K-12 Honor Award

Saugus Middle High School Wins BSA K-12 Honor Award

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Our design of Saugus Middle High School has been recognized with an Honor Award from the Boston Society for Architecture Awards Program for excellence in K-12 educational design.

Saugus Middle High School is a contemporary public educational facility that welcomes students and community members alike with light-filled common areas and state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, and collaboration spaces. Supporting an equitable and engaging learning experience and a robust STEAM-driven curriculum, the design integrates careful planning with a holistic approach to sustainability to create a facility that inspires a passion for learning and nurtures student well-being.

The BSA Design Awards recognizes outstanding projects designed by and for the greater Boston community that embody design excellence and positively impact their surroundings. The BSA has recently adopted the American Institute of Architects Framework for Design Excellence as a basis for its awards program to promote environmental stewardship across the design community and celebrate projects that exemplify this commitment to holistically sustainable design. HMFH’s Saugus Middle High School earned an award in the K-12 Educational Facilities category for its comprehensive implementation of the AIA Framework.

“The holistic approach to sustainability and inclusion, including effective use of break-out spaces daylit from above, was deserving of an Honor Award recognition for the Saugus Middle High School.”

Jury Comments | Boston Society for Architecture

Bristol Aggie Named 2022 BE+ Green Building of the Year

Bristol Aggie Named 2022 BE+ Green Building of the Year

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We are thrilled to announce that Bristol County Agricultural High School received the coveted Green Building of the Year award at the annual BE+ Green Building Showcase! In the largest ceremony since the national Greenbuild conference in 2017, over 225 people gathered to celebrate leading projects in the movement toward a more sustainable and regenerative built environment.

Representing a shift from an agriculture-based curriculum toward one rooted in science and environmental education, the renewed Bristol Aggie campus is both a place of discovery and an instructional tool through its highly sustainable design. From an intensive green roof that doubles as an outdoor classroom to exposed timber structures in three of four new construction buildings on campus, students are invited to engage with the architecture and green technologies on display.

Focus areas on carbon, energy, water, wellness, and equity drove the project and manifest in both the building and landscape design.

Water conservation and reuse strategies reduce campus water usage by 50%

Close ties between the school and the environment are reinforced by outdoor learning and gathering spaces

Heavy timber structures sequester 75 metric tons of carbon, while renovating a central academic building avoided 744 metric tons in carbon emissions

All new buildings are designed PV-ready

“The Bristol County Agricultural High School checked so many boxes for us… aggressive sustainability, a strong community connection, a focus on carbon reduction, a teaching tool …all on a limited, public-school budget.”

Jury Comments | Built Environment Plus

Creating Space for Student Well-being

Creating Space for Student Well-being

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HMFH Selected for Feasibility Study at the Franklin Elementary School in Newton

HMFH Selected for Feasibility Study at the Franklin Elementary School in Newton

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HMFH Architects Selected for Feasibility Study at the Franklin Elementary School in Newton

Cambridge, MA – HMFH Architects, an architectural firm focused on the design of student living and learning environments, announced today it has been selected by the City of Newton, Mass. to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the Franklin Elementary School. A critical piece of the city’s 10-year plan to modernize its school buildings, the redevelopment of Franklin, whether through new construction or additions and renovations, will create greater neighborhood and school equity.

Franklin is one of 15 neighborhood elementary schools in Newton. Originally constructed in 1938 with additions built in 1950 and 1953, the original school façade provides a distinct presence along residential Derby Street, while the additions are less successful both in exterior presence and interior functionality. Franklin lacks sufficient programming space and an appropriate music room, the classrooms are undersized for today’s standards, and is not fully accessible or ADA compliant.

“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.”

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.

HMFH is well-known for its ability and commitment to engage stakeholders by leading comprehensive community processes. 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.

“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.”

Alex Valcarce | Deputy Commissioner, Newton Public Buildings Department

HMFH Endows New Scholarship Program

HMFH Endows New Scholarship Program

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HMFH Architects and Boston Architectural College Announce New Scholarship Fostering Diversity in Design

Cambridge, MA – HMFH Architects, in partnership with the Boston Architectural College (BAC), today
announced the establishment of the HMFH Scholarship Fund, created to expand academic opportunities
for students underrepresented in the architecture and design professions. This new Scholarship aims to
increase access to these professions for Black, Indigenous, people of color, first-generation college
students, students with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations. Creation of the Scholarship
continues a decades-long relationship between HMFH and the BAC.

“HMFH’s extraordinarily generous gift is a visible and inspiring message that will lead the way in
furthering the BAC’s mission of diversifying the design professions and making design education
accessible to all people,” said Dr. Mahesh Daas, Boston Architectural College President. “This generous
investment, which continues HMFH’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, will create
sustainable and vital opportunities for underrepresented students.”

The Scholarship selection process will begin this spring, and the first recipients will be announced in the
fall. The intent of the Scholarship is to advance diversity by providing critical financial support to
encourage students not only to enroll in architecture studies, but also to achieve success in college and
to graduate. Beyond their classroom experience, recipients will have opportunities to work on planning
and design projects with HMFH team members.

“With this HMFH Scholarship, we are taking concrete steps to increase access to design education for
minority students and thereby increase diversity within the architecture profession,” said Pip Lewis, AIA,
HMFH Principal. “We knew as soon as the idea arose that partnering with the BAC was the ideal pathway
to fulfill our aspiration for the Scholarship’s impact, while solidifying our longstanding relationship with
the College.” HMFH President Lori Cowles, herself a graduate of the BAC, notes that “This Scholarship is a
significant effort to bring greater equity and diversity to our profession, as we have been doing in our
own practice.”

HMFH Architects is a design firm known for its community-based approach, user-centric design, and
healthy, sustainable buildings. A certified Women-Owned Business, HMFH designs for public school
districts, independent schools, universities, and community and public-realm clients.
The Boston Architectural College is a recognized institution with a diverse student population
representing 35 countries. Providing excellence in practice-integrated design education, the BAC offers
bachelor and graduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, design
studies as well as offering continuing education certificates and courses. The BAC upholds the
importance of inclusive admission, diversity, innovation, dedicated faculty, and the intrinsic value of
both academic and experiential education.

“I am deeply grateful for HMFH’s partnership with the BAC in recognition of our longstanding commitment to diversifying the design field. The establishment of the HMFH Scholarship will serve to advance our shared vision of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world for generations to come.”

Mahesh Daas | President, Boston Architectural College