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Tappe Architects


Stoneham, Massachusetts


Completed 2015


Stoneham Central Middle School

The long narrow site was previously occupied by separate middle school and elementary school buildings.  The new middle school was created by renovating and expanding the former elementary school along the back of the site to provide a generous, south-facing entry plaza and safe drop off and pick up area.

Complex site phasing required partial demolition of the former middle school to construct the new addition.  Safe Routes To School improvements constructed prior to this project were preserved and enhanced with traffic calming design, vehicle barriers between the driveway and plaza as well as bicycle parking with direct connection to the dedicated bicycle path running along the north side of the school.

The Building Committee and School Department began with the apparently contradictory goals of increasing on-site parking, reducing traffic congestion on neighborhood streets – and increasing green spaces around the school. Warner Larson exceeded our expectations in all three areas!
Les Olson, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Stoneham Public Schools