THE FESSENDEN SCHOOLNEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Tappé Architects devised a design to transform an oddly shaped, abandoned basement storage area into a state of the art library at the heart of the Fessenden school. The library project is part of an ongoing interior improvement program for which the firm has also designed science classrooms and circulation spaces.
These projects required close coordination with the school to schedule summer work and exacting integration of existing infrastructure with new systems, given limited clearances. Recognizing the need for cost-effective energy efficient solutions, we incorporated a ground-source heat pump system, projected to have an 8 year payback period. The successful result of the library proves the opportunities that institutions have to invest in creative design to reclaim abandoned or underutilized campus spaces.