Nestled into one of Andover's more pastoral neighborhoods, the new Bancroft School replaces a one-beloved, but structurally failing, open-plan school from the 1960s. SMMA addressed myriad design challenges to provide a facility that accommodates a larger student population and minimizes encroachment onto environmentally sensitive portions of the property.
SMMA’s K-12 Studio dates back decades and maintains a portfolio of advanced educational environments serving elementary, middle, and high school students. This experience translates to a group of professionals with an abundance of intellectual capital working with clients and communities to produce innovative and effective designs for education in the 21st century.
Significantly, our staff—which includes an in-house educational planner—is skilled at adapting this knowledge to the unique needs of each project and gaining consensus among administration, faculty, parents, and surrounding neighbors and community stakeholders. We achieve this through a comprehensive and transparent planning process, examining a range of options and opportunities.
We apply the latest thinking and research regarding collaborative, student-centered, and project-based learning spaces in our designs. SMMA's interdisciplinary firm structure brings together planners, architects, and engineers under a single roof and with a common purpose—maximizing return on a municipality’s most important investment: its schools and the students and faculty who use them.