Wellesley Middle School

Enhanced programming and improved security

The Town of Wellesley Massachusetts chose to partner with Harriman to undertake significant renovations to its 1,200-student middle school. The effort began with a detailed feasibility study to determine the scope of renovations necessary to improve key program areas, improve security, and extend the life of building. The design process extended through a series of stakeholder input engagements that involved teachers, administrators, school board members, and facilities staff. As a result of the renovations, the school’s active arts program has received a new suite of rooms to support its pottery, metals, digital, 2D and 3D classes. A series of improvements also enhanced the majority of the school’s classrooms and science rooms including new casework, finishes, pin-up and writing surfaces. Safety and security upgrades for the classroom wings involved installing new security doors with laminated glass windows and security locksets with lock-down indicators.

Project Overview


Town of Wellesley, MA


Interior renovation


70,000 Square Feet

Key Contacts

Lisa D. Sawin, AIA, LEED AP

Food service upgrade

Perhaps the most challenging aspects of the job involved the complete renovation of the kitchen and student serving areas in an occupied building. The kitchen prepares meals for the town’s 2,800 elementary students in addition to serving middle school lunch. Careful planning and coordination with the Owner’s Project Manager and Construction Manager allowed the work to be done in the brief summer school break.

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