Addressing the need for improved service and support areas, clarity in circulation, and bright, open spaces for collaborative work, ABA’s design transforms Greenwich Academy’s South Campus. Developed with faculty and leadership, the project adds a new Lower School and a renovated Middle School to a reimagined landscape, highlighting a commitment to the academic and leadership development of students as well as to stewardship of the environment and community. The final design creates a landscaped campus entrance, preserves open space, and provides 21st-century classrooms for the Lower and Middle School.
The school buildings, clad in cedar board-and-batten siding and local fieldstone that reference Connecticut and campus building traditions, frame the new campus gateway. Accessible pathways connect to a sloped, shared courtyard with “pods” for outdoor learning and gathering. The Lower School features an exposed structure with painted acoustical deck. The entrance level, which includes science and music classrooms, the learning resources center, and administrative offices, features a vibrant gathering stair with a green moss wall and steps finished in colorful rubber. The second level holds the library, auditorium, classrooms, and naturally lit flexible learning spaces. The third level includes a meeting room, the faculty lounge, classrooms, and counselors’ office.
Colorful, lightweight, and movable furniture supports the classrooms and breakout spaces. Douglas fir paneling in the hallways, flex spaces, library, auditorium, and meeting rooms complements acoustical plaster, and bright felt acoustic panels throughout the building dampen sounds. Large expanses of glass windows, protected with roof overhangs, offer views of the renewed landscape.
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Project Size: 39,200 sf (Lower School) / 41,600 sf (Middle School)
Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Jason Bowers AIA, Alexa Asakiewicz AIA, Rita Terjeki AIA (ABA); Robert Silman Associates (Structural); Kohler Ronan (MEP); William Kenny Associates (Landscape); Redniss &; Mead (Civil); Jensen Hughes (Code); Dharam Consulting (Cost); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); NextStage Design (Theater); Michael Moran (Photography)