Location: Beverly, MA
Size: 12,000 sq ft
Completed: 2021
Architect / Designer: OPAL
Consultant: Peel Passive House

“This new 12,000 square foot academic building represents a watershed in the history of Waring School, a private liberal arts middle and high school school in Beverly, MA. Serving as a new campus entry point for the school’s faculty and 150 students, the building will house classrooms, informal spaces for independent study and small-group sessions, and an auditorium designed around the All School Meeting, a daily touchstone at Waring since the school’s founding in 1972.

Meeting the Passive House standard of energy efficiency and indoor air quality, the design also addresses longstanding site-circulation and environmental challenges on the campus. The building replaces a repurposed residential structure that was plagued by periodic flooding. Sited above the flood plain, and spanning a 12-foot vertical slope, the new building will provide a fully accessible path—as well as a visual and programmatic bridge—between the school’s lower and upper campuses.”

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9.2 kBTU/SF/yr