Arrowstreet has worked with the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School through site selection, feasibility, and concept design for a new K-8 school located on a beautiful natural site in Franklin, MA. The project opened for the 2019 school year.

The U-shaped building houses 900 students and was inspired by the local landscapes and traditional forms with modern interpretation, such as bold gable-end forms, large punched windows, crisp detailing, and a mix of reflective and naturalistic materials. The building’s central gathering space is known as the “Commons” and features a terraced learning stair. The natural site provides ample opportunity for educational exploration and the outdoor landscaping will make the school campus robust for students and the community with two playground areas, a teaching courtyard connected to the Commons, a playing field, and educational gardens.

Project Details

LOCATION

FRANKLIN, MA

CLIENT/OWNER

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

SQUARE FOOTAGE

76,000 SF

OCCUPANCY

900 STUDENTS

Quote

This building affords us the ability to strengthen our academic program, to build hands on experiences into our academic goals and objectives, and to provide after hours programming to support our students and families.”

– Heather Zolnowski, Head of School, Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School

Architectural Plans / Process