Arrowstreet’s design for the first ground-up charter school in Massachusetts captures the focused approach to academic success that is the hallmark of the KIPP program.  The design prioritizes learning space: the extremely efficient layout supports 850 students in 68,000 square feet.  The compact middle and high school classroom wings bookend the central common spaces of the cafeteria, gymnasium, library, lobby, and administrative offices, creating a welcoming landmark in the residential neighborhood.  Located on a challenging hilltop site, the school is cost effective, energy efficient, and environmentally sustainable.  Classrooms feature daylighting and passive cooling techniques such as large windows, fans, and high, sloped ceilings to reduce operating costs.

Project Details

location

Lynn, MA

client/owner

KIPP Academy Lynn

square Footage

68,000 SF

categories

Institutional

Occupancy

850 Students

Awards

Learning By Design

Outstanding Project, Multi-use Space, 2017

American School & University

Outstanding Design, Educational Interiors Showcase, 2017

Boston Business Journal

Best in Boston Real Estate Awards, Community Impact, 2013

Quote

“Arrowstreet delivered a beautiful cost-effective design. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching our staff and students enter the new building for the first time with the same look on their faces that everyone has when first entering Fenway Park.”

– John Kalafatas, CEO, KIPP Academy Lynn

Photos by Edward Wonsek

Architectural Plans / Process