HMFH Architects

Dolbeare Elementary School

Wakefield, MA

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.

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