Shapleigh Middle School- Kittery, ME
Site Planning, New Building, Renovation, Energy Audit
Shapleigh School similar to Mitchell school required additional class rooms to address the closure of the middle school.
This 6 classroom addition was designed to allow for growth over the next 10 years and also accept students from a recently closed middle school. The challenge was to integrate a high performance addition to the existing building addressing the sloped site, egress and security while creating opportunities for unique interior and outdoor experiences.
The design has large windows overlooking the wooded area to the north, new playground to the west and educational rain garden in the courtyard. The rain garden was key to integrating environmental educating into the design. It incorporates a teaching area and has planting types ranging from wetlands to uplands within a small footprint. The rain garden also acts a filter for roof rain water prior to it either perking into the ground or flowing to a storm water system. The rain garden is visible from a number of classrooms and is accessible through a central door way.
The building shell is super insulated with an R 30 shell, triple glazed R7 windows and an R 38 roof. The rigid insulation is applied on the exterior from eaves to foundation virtually eliminating thermal breaks. In addition to careful attention to air sealing. The addition has in-floor heat, which increases comfort and lowers heating costs.
The project also included renovation work throughout the existing building, an energy audit with significant energy upgrades, generator and updated playing fields.