Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Middle SchoolLearn More
BCWH’s progressive and high-performance design replaces an aging school, built in 1964, that was determined not cost-effective to renovate following a comprehensive facilities study. New program spaces, including three academic houses, dining facilities, media center, full-size gymnasium, interior courtyards, and associated administration spaces, wrap around the upgraded auditorium space preserved from the existing school. Each academic house serves as a “School within a School” providing each grade-level with core-subject learning spaces, breakout spaces for teamwork,
Green Schools Conference: Boston
Green Schools Conference: Boston Schoolyard InspiresLearn More
At BCWH, we aim to create environments that are timeless in design and thoughtful in approach. We are constantly working to use buildings and landscapes as teaching tools. By showcasing sustainable elements, each structure can help to educate about the impact that the built environment has on resource and energy usage. As the only national conference bringing together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability throughout K-12 schools and school districts, the annual Green Schools National Conference offers an opportunity to learn about creative strategies for implementing green and sustainable schools and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools. During this year’s conference, Erin Richardson and Allison Powell found one session particularly interesting and relevant to their dedication to creating sustainable learning environments. Phoebe Beierle, Sustainability Manager, Boston Public Schools, and Kristin Metz, Education Consultant, presented on the building and sustainment of outdoor learning spaces through the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI). BSI was established in 1996 Learn More »
Regardless of project type and scope, we begin our design work with an image of the completed project in mind: a vibrant place that is well suited to its purpose, firmly rooted in context, capable of sustaining a legacy of service and embraced by a community of stakeholders.
Bellwood Elementary Hosts Career
Bellwood Elementary Hosts Career DayLearn More
In between the sheriff’s office and an insurance corporation, BCWH’s booth at Bellwood Elementary’s Career Day stood out with interactive elements such as drawing sets, hard hats, and quirky furniture. Classes ranging from first to fifth graders stopped by eager to learn from Architect, Allie Jarett, and Interior Designer, Laura Miller. A question posed to students of all grade levels was, “What do you think architects and interior designers do?” Student responses varied from, “make drawings to build houses” (very good!) to “robotics” (not quite) to the most common answer, “they make stuff.” Allie and Laura explained to the students that the “stuff” we make is the spaces that they learn in–whether in schools, libraries, or outdoor campuses. Students explored a computer-generated rendering of a library project alongside a photo of it under construction, and learned our process of turning these ideas on paper into a reality in the form of a building. Being designers Learn More »
Christchurch School Science Building
Christchurch School Science BuildingLearn More
BCWH was engaged to assist this private boarding school situated on the Rappahannock River in Middlesex County in the development of a long range campus master plan. Consistent with earlier patterns of development, this plan would guide the placement of new buildings and, in some instances, stipulate the removal of existing buildings to respond to programmatic needs of the School. From this planning exercise, came the decision to design a new 12,500 square foot science