After completing a study of all the town’s school facilities, HMFH was asked by the Town of Wakefield to design renovations and additions to the Dolbeare Elementary School. With a plan to abandon the town’s oldest, most inefficient schools, the newer elementary schools required expansion and renovation to accommodate current educational needs.
- Grades PK-4
- Students 476
- Size 70,000 ft2
The PreK-4 Dolbeare School is triple its original size. The program called for renovation of 22,000 square feet of existing space, as well as a 48,000 sf addition, resulting in 16 standard classrooms, plus specialized rooms for art, music, science, and a computer lab. The existing multi-purpose room was converted into the art classroom, taking advantage of the double-height space. A new cafetorium with stage and a new gymnasium, separated from each other by operable partitions, were included in the addition.