Town of Fairhaven, MA
HMFH Architects, Inc.
CTA constructed this new, 78,000 sf “model” elementary school at the site of the formerly overcrowded and inadequate Wood Elementary School which was demolished prior to the start of construction. Students in this new Pre-K to Grade 5 School now enjoy a library filled with light, full-sized cafeteria/kitchen and gymnasium, as well as specialty classrooms -- music classrooms with instrument storage, computer classroom, dedicated art classroom, and a project room designed to accommodate science and other messy, hands-on exploration. This energy-efficient new building is oriented to take advantage of day-lighting through skylights and classroom windows, and the artificial lighting is designed to dim automatically when there is sufficient daylight.
This new school has been verified as a high performance school and has earned CHPS Verified Leader status – the first school in Massachusetts and only the second in the Nation to be recognized as a CHPS Verified Leader project.