Educational Bridges

Pentucket Regional Middle/High School

West Newbury, MA


Elevating The Student Voice

In educational design, it is critical to involve students in the planning and design process, especially as we begin to translate existing school culture, educational goals, student needs, and teaching practices into guiding principles for design. Pentucket middle and high school students were vital members of the process, helping to define key design elements of the building, including communal areas like the media center, dining commons and the approach to daily locker use. 

Bridging Learning Communities

The flexible building design and strategic placement of academic and public spaces supports the evolving interdisciplinary experiences and learning preferences of the middle and high school populations. Shared spaces, including fine and performing arts, the auditorium, media center, and dining commons, serve as the connective tissue between learning communities while still maintaining a geographic separation between middle and high school.

School’s In Session

The Pentucket project is being constructed behind the existing high school while students are still in session. Careful planning has identified and resolved several construction sequencing concerns (temporary parking, construction access, lay down areas, and noise and dust management).