06/01/2014

A Welcoming Space for Every Young Face

Created to replace a building that was past its prime, the new Thompson Elementary School building offers a comfortable yet stimulating environment for its young students.

By Kylie Wroblaski

 
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    Thompson Elementary School View larger

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    ”Children love the space outside the library because during the day, the lighting changes as the sun moves and you never know what it is going to look like,” said Sheri Donovan, the school’s principal. View larger

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    The library’s reading nook, like many other areas of the building, features wood accents to add a sense of warmth, along with cushions and beanbags that provide comfortable places for students to lounge and use as a breakout space. View larger

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    The library’s reading nook, like many other areas of the building, features wood accents to add a sense of warmth, along with cushions and beanbags that provide comfortable places for students to lounge and use as a breakout space. View larger

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    The recycled rubber gym floor by Advanced Polymer Technology incorporates letters, numbers, and shapes, and encourages the room to be used for both education and fun. View larger

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    The classrooms are bright and open, and include a place for student cubbies, as the school felt it was important to keep them out of the hallway. Informal seating areas, such as this multilevel bench between the kindergarten and first grade classrooms on the ground floor, provide flexible space for active learning and are included on each floor. View larger

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    The classrooms are bright and open, and include a place for student cubbies, as the school felt it was important to keep them out of the hallway. Informal seating areas, such as this multilevel bench between the kindergarten and first grade classrooms on the ground floor, provide flexible space for active learning and are included on each floor. View larger

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    A movable partition can be closed to divide the music area from the gym, which is also used as a multipurpose space. View larger

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    Wall tiles from Daltile change colors as you move from one floor to another, allowing children to use the tiles for orientation between the different floors. View larger

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    A movable partition can be closed to divide the music area from the gym, which is also used as a multipurpose space. View larger

In addition, the school’s gymnasium is nontraditional, and is used as a multipurpose space. The floor is made out of recycled rubber, which minimizes the impact on students’ feet and joints as they participate in athletics and other activities. The uniqueness of the floor extends to its design details, which contains the alphabet, a range of numbers, and a variety of shapes—including another pineapple.

The kindergarten and first grade classrooms on the ground floor include another unique and multipurpose space. Each room opens out to a patio, allowing the classrooms to extend their space to the outdoors on beautiful, New England days.

“We created outdoor space for them with some plantings and a very distinct kind of wood bench,” Cowles explained. “The bench acts as a place to sit, but also as a screen or framework for that outdoor space.”

Whether in the classroom, a common space, or walking from one room to another, the careful use of bright colors, ample windows, and lighting—both natural and artificial—creates a whimsical and stimulating, yet comfortable environment that engages students and nurtures their creativity.

“The school is bright and happy, and I do think it contributes to the overall mood in the building,” said Halley. “It is a very happy place; I believe the colors and the flexible design features really help make it a school students are eager to come to and are proud of.”


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