MSBA selects Studio G for Florence Roche Elementary School

We are starting off October in a very celebratory mood! On October 1st the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) selected Studio G Architects for the design of a new Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, MA.

The MSBA designer selection panel interviewed four firms and ranked Studio G first based on an evaluation of firm qualifications, responsiveness to the interview questions, and understanding of the project and district. Superintendent Dr. Laura Chesson, Groton Town Manager Mark Haddad, and School Committee Member Brian LeBlanc represented the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District (GDRSD) throughout the process.

Pictured from left to right: Mark Haddad, Brian LeBlanc, Dr. Laura Chesson, Steve Michener, Marylee Mercy, Gail Sullivan, Sylvia Mihich, and Jade Cummings (Terraink)

The design team will begin working with the district, school faculty, and the community immediately to evaluate an addition/renovation scenario vs new construction on sites identified by GDRSD for the K-4 Florence Roche Elementary School. In addition, the study will include assessment and future use recommendations of the Swallow Union Elementary School in Dunstable.

“It is thrilling to be working with a district that employs a clear educational approach,” says Gail Sullivan, Managing Principal for Studio G. “We are excited to translate the district’s Universal Design for Learning pedagogy into an elementary school that brings educational equity to the district’s students.”

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for education, based on cognitive science, or how the brain works. Teachers are empowered to personalize learning for students with diverse needs, abilities, interests, and backgrounds, including differences in Social and Emotional Learning.

We’ll be sharing more about this approach to education as well as other exciting design elements, so stay tuned!

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