Melrose MS-2

MELROSE MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL

MELROSE, MASSACHUSETTS

MA CHPS Verified

Construction of this 220,000 SF middle school posed numerous technical challenges. Located in a flood plain, sub-soil conditions required ledge removal, structural fill and installation of pile foundations. Complex underground municipal utilities were maintained throughout construction.

The new school is on a constrained site adjacent to the Melrose High School which remained open during construction. Together, the buildings offer a unified campus for grades 6 through 12. The middle school includes a varsity high school gym and 900 seat theater. Academic wings are organized into three teams per grade with a flexible project space at each grade level.


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EDUCATION

Our school clients rely on us for full spectrum services from system wide feasibility studies to school planning and construction. We understand current trends in educational curriculum and the evolving requirements of specialized learning. This expertise is reflected in many completed new and renovated academic facilities for both public and private schools. Our designs are unified around the goal of creating carefully scaled and engaging learning environments flexible enough to support both group and individual learning.

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LIBRARIES

National and international clients turn to us for informed current thinking on library design. We have acted as the prime Architect and also as a consulting designer for library projects throughout the country, enabling us to share our expertise in a broader geographic area. Our collaborative approach, combined with our understanding of innovations in library design and the delivery of library services ensure that our libraries are vital and dynamic facilities, transforming individual lives and enhancing communities.

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HIGHER ED

Colleges and universities have engaged Tappe Architects to assist with diverse projects such as student centers, libraries, learning commons, dormitories and laboratories as well as campus master plans. Our list of clients includes MIT, Wellesley College, Endicott College, Tufts University, Curry College and Norfolk State University. We have acted as Architect-of-Record and as consulting architect on academic library design and interiors. Appreciated for the quality of our service, we have completed multiple projects on the same campus.

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A BROAD PORTFOLIO…

Whether an art museum or event space, we are always interested in taking on engaging projects of all types. We have completed many municipal projects including a combined police/fire station, town halls and studies for combined municipal facilities – often several for the same community. Our portfolio includes residential facilities as well as spaces for retail and hospitality. All of these various commissions have in common a rigorous and collaborative planning process and elegant and thoughtful execution.