Maria Hastings Elementary School
Lexington, Massachusetts

Dore + Whittier was selected as the OPM in April 2016 and was later joined by the Architect and Construction Manager to form the design and construction team. After developing and evaluating several options, the Building Committee selected a new build option to replace the existing 1955, single-level school and its portable classrooms with a 3-story 100,000 SF facility for 645 (K-5) students. The all-electric building, which was constructed just 15 feet from the occupied existing school, includes PV arrays mounted on the roof, geothermal wells, and heat pump systems to minimize the carbon footprint of the new school.

Early release packages for building foundation, steel and site preparation enabled site work to begin in Summer 2018. Usable open space allowed new construction to occur while school remained in session with minimal disruption. The new building was turned over in February 2020. Site work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2020-21 school year, including demolition of the old school and installation of a parking lot PV array system.

Project Details

Owner Town of Lexington
Completed 2020 est.
SQ. FT. 100,000