Lester J. Gates Middle School // Scituate, Massachusetts


Recipient, 2018 A4LE Ed Kirkbride Award for Planning and Design 

Scituate Public Schools envisioned a new or renovated middle school facility as an opportunity to transition to a project-based learning model and to change the District’s grade configuration from a grades 7-8 intermediate school to a 6-8 middle school. The project is physically attached to Scituate High School, but is operationally and educationally its own entity.

The new Lester J. Gates Middle School facility accommodates 710 students in six interdisciplinary, grade level teams - each containing Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages, Science, Special Education, and Art. These instructional spaces surround a media commons intended to serve as project and break out spaces for classroom teachers. It is a set of planning and design strategies that supports the idea of preparing students for the NextGen workforce. Students have space to collaborate, present their work, and have access to learning environments that best align with their individual learning styles.

Other key Guiding Principles for Design include:

  • Long and Short Term Flexibility
  • Ubiquitous Technology
  • Strategic Interior Glazing
  • Differentiated Learning Environments

Ribbon Cutting August 27, 2017  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z05QfpaEZUk

APRIL 13, 2018 - Dore + Whittier receives 2018 Ed Kirkbride Award for Planning and Design from A4LE for Gates Middle School   


Project Details

Owner Scituate Public Schools
Completed 2017
Cost $61.9 million (construction)
SQ. FT. 130,000
Photographer Chuck Choi