Burgess Elementary School
Strubridge, MA

"I wish to reiterate my personal appreciation for everything DRA has done for the school over the  course of this project. I am proud of the district's association with your firm and am happy always to speak well of you to anyone."

Angela Chengā€Cimini
Chair, Burgess Building Committee


In 2004, DRA analyzed the short and long term facility needs of the Burgess School.  A 2008 update resulted in a series of options for review, consideration and was ultimately approved by the MSBA.  DRA was selected to continue with design and construction services for the addition / renovation.

First opening in 1950 with additions in 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1972, the school is in original or near original condition. Although the facility was well maintained, the physical plant had deteriorated. 

After developing a series of options, we determined that phased construction of a two-story classroom addition and comprehensive renovations to the 1972 open-plan classroom building with demolition of the older portions of the existing school would be the most efficient and budget savvy solution.

Construction began in July 2010.  The completed school has a new classroom layout and two gymnasiums for student and community use.  Renovations to the media center and cafeteria and the adjacent stage for performances energize the learning environment. The resulting building also has new parking & play areas and segregated car & bus traffic.

The design features sustainable elements such as low flow fixtures and a solar array to help teach students environmental awareness.  Building technology will utilize a wireless overlay in addition to multiple locations for flexibility and future use.

Bright colors and age appropriate patterns, both inside the building and out, are designed to be both eye-catching and to stimulate student creativity.


Addition / Renovation
64,700 SF Renovation
67,700 SF Addition
$24.6 million


Principal in Charge:

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA, LEED


Project Manager:

Courtney Southwick

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