chickring elementary School
The town of Dover, Massachusetts undertook the replacement of its two aging elementary schools by constructing a new 430 student K-5 school on the 44 acre wooded parkland site of the existing school and athletic facilities on Cross Street. The new building was conceived as a camp-like cluster of core elements anchoring two classroom wings. Its design employs shed roofs, a cantilevered entrance canopy, and natural materials including cedar siding and trim. As such, the treatment of the site design sought to complement the use of natural materials incorporated in the building design wherever possible. The scope of work included siting the new building adjacent to the existing school, which needed to remain in active use during all phases of construction, creating a new tot lot, creating additional parking for faculty, staff and visitors without disturbing existing parking areas, and maintaining existing mature vegetation to the greatest extent practicable. The existing site consisted of dense, mature pines and oaks, and it was mandated that the new building must not be seen from the roadway or any abutting property. A complex phasing plan was developed that successfully addressed these needs- the new building is not visible from the roadway, and careful grading and preservation of mature vegetation served to frame the new building along the entrance drive.
WDADG Associate Michael Dowhan served as Project Manager and Project Landscape Architect for the Chickering Elementary School while serving as Associate Principal at Geller Associates. Project responsibilities included schematic design, design development, final design, coordination of all subconsultants, and overall project management.