Through an inclusive engagement process with the community, the following design goals were established for the new Fales Elementary School in Westborough, MA:
Achieve net zero: the project will achieve net zero energy use and celebrate this as part of the building narrative
Connect to nature: the building and landscape will connect occupants to nature and highlight the building’s setting
Design for young children: the building will support and enhance the emotional, social, academic, creative, and physical development of each child
Maintain an intimate, neighborhood school: the new building will be a small, neighborhood school that is inviting to the community, connected to its physical setting, and respectful of its history
The design team is working through options in schematic design using a range of design tools to ensure each of these goals is achieved.