Buxton Center Elementary School

New 850-Student School

Buxton, Maine

MSAD #6 retained Harriman to assist them in site analysis, site development, and building facilities development for a proposed new elementary school project for the Town of Buxton. Consolidation of the four existing elementary schools to one site was a major goal of the school district. Consolidation would eliminate duplication of infrastructure and services that multiple schools require. Therefore, the initial focus of the building committee was to determine if any of the existing sites and facilities could be reused or expanded. After Harriman completed the investigation the existing Hanson/Jewett site, with added parcels, was determined to be the most desirable. Harriman then prepared several site concept sketches to confirm the appropriate size and layout for the needed building, parking, drives, and site features.
The new two-story elementary school was designed to accommodate students from kindergarten through grade 5.
Three two-story wings were designed using the “school within a school” concept with the kindergarten, first and second grades housed on the first floor, and third, fourth, and fifth grades housed on the second floor. Each two-story wing accommodates 283 students and consists of clusters of classrooms to promote team teaching. The facility also includes a library, music and art rooms, full-size gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen.
This project acheived LEED certification.
Photography by Sandy Agrafiotis