Central Community Elementary School

New 581-Student, K-5 School

Corinth, Maine

RSU/MSAD #64 is a school district that provides public education to students from the Towns of Bradford, Corinth, Hudson, Kenduskeag and Stetson. Currently, there are five elementary schools in the District. Harriman was commissioned to design a new consolidated elementary school for RSU #64. The new school was constructed in Corinth and the five existing elementary schools located in each of the five towns that comprise the district will be closed. The new school accommodates 581 students serving kindergarten through grade 5 plus a half-day Pre-k program.

The building includes two 2-story classroom wings that are located away from the more public spaces. The first floor houses students in Kindergarten, first, and second grades. The second floor houses students in grades three, four, and five. There are 5 classrooms per grade level arranged in clusters to support collaboration among the teachers. The second floor includes a gathering space to allow more than one class to assemble for common programs. Integrated within each level are a variety of spaces for students requiring access to special services.

The cafeteria and gymnasium, located to one side of the building, share a common stage to offer flexibility and a variety of configurations based on the type of program being presented. The stage is easily accessed from the gym and the cafeteria as well as the Art and Music rooms to take advantage of the interdisciplinary opportunities available to the students with this type of configuration. The cafeteria is designed to be sub-divided into two smaller spaces to allow greater flexibility in the use of the space for multiple functions when not being used for lunch periods.

A hybrid heating plant was designed for the Corinth facility, consisting of a primary biomass boiler to provide approximately 80% of the peak heat load. The plant included wood pellet storage silos and a conveying system to deliver pellets to the boiler based on demand. An automatic ash removal system was also included to minimize maintenance. A supplemental propane fueled boiler provides additional heat for peak heating periods and prevents the building from freezing when the primary boiler is down.

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