On the Boards
Waynflete Lower School
SSA completed a Campus Master Plan with Kaplan Thompson Architects and Briburn for the Ecology school in 2015- the plan includes new dormitories and a dining commons, renovation of the existing farmhouse and barns, use of the farm to produce up to 50% of the food needed to feed the students and staff, alternative energy, and innovative stormwater and sewage disposal designs that include structured wetlands and wastewater treatment wetlands.
SSA is currently working on a 7,500 SF dining commons for a unique school that provides intensive 5-day residential programs for middle school students to study ecology. The building is design to meet the requirements of Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous environmental standards developed to date. The building will be net-zero energy and water.
Cape Elizabeth Facilties Study
Scott Simons Architects and Colby Company Engineering are working together on a facilities study of Cape Elizabeth Schools: Pond Cove Elementary, Middle School, and the High School. The project includes evaluation of the buildings, investigating the IT systems, boilers, electrical systems, HVAC, windows, etc. as well as suggesting solutions.
One of the areas we have studied is the entry sequence for both the Elementary and Middle Schools. The main offices are located remotely from the existing entry doors, requiring visitors to walk past student gathering spaces before reaching the control point.
In addition, deliveries to the kitchen currently go through common corridors, creating additional safety concerns and inefficiencies. We are proposing multiple layers of entry to resolve this safety concern.
We have also studied how to renovate the shared Lower and Middle School cafeteria to improve both services and traffic flow by building two cafeterias for each school served by one new kitchen connecting the rear wings of the middle and lower schools, how to renovate the cafetorium to create an auditorium and performance space, and how to create better entries and entry sequences at the lower and middle schools for greater visibility (more welcoming) as well as security (student/faculty/staff safety).
All Saints Multi Purpose Facility
Scott Simons Architects was hired in 2011 to prepare a Feasability Study for a new Multi-purpose Facility and Lower School for the St. John’s School and All Saints Parish in Brunswick. For years the School had used the basement of the church as their dining hall and indoor recreation space. Changes to the local building code, and increases in the use of the space resulting from the consolidation of seven parishes to form the All Saints Parish coalition, required that they build a new building to house these functions.
After several years of fundraising, the Parish asked us to design the Multi-purpose Facility, which included a gymnasium that could also be used as an elementary school dining hall and performance space, meeting room, commercial kitchen, locker rooms, bathrooms, stage, offices, and storage rooms.
The building was designed to be a companion building to the famous St. John’s Church on the other side of the central green space and parking lot. Using a stone veneer very similar to what was used for the original church, the two buildings will frame the All Saints campus and create a welcoming entrance and relationship for the students, teachers, parishioners, and community.
Now under construction by Ouellet Construction, the building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.