Golden Brook School is the cornerstone to the Windham School District’s transition strategy, moving from overcrowding and inhibited learning environments in a vintage facility to a 21st century learning curriculum centered on project based learning. While enabling the rightsizing of educational spaces throughout the district, this colorful, light and functional elementary school (preschool through fourth grades) was delivered on time and under budget through innovative teamwork. True partnership with the design team, which included Banwell Architects, Windham School District, Gordon Bristol and DEW Construction delivered enhanced results for an improved educational experience and amenities for the wider community.
As the largest elementary school in New Hampshire, reinforcing an age appropriate sense of place and scale is key to this successful design. Rooms are arranged by grade “Houses” that have signature colors and geometric shapes. Exterior window shapes, metal siding colors and the building layout lend identity to each grade house. This provides instinctive wayfinding while scaling the building to be comfortable for each age group. Flexible spaces designed to support, collaborative and self-directed learning on a variety of scales are woven throughout the building.
The transition to modern educational experiences was realized through synthesizing the creative vision from all contributors.
Windham Golden Brook School
Early Childhood School/Elementary School
Ryan Bent Photography