Salem School District
Woodbury Middle School

K-12 Education:

The Salem School District selected Lavallee Brensinger Architects for a study and eventual design for a complete renovation to the Woodbury School, the Town’s Middle School. This project is the last of the nine projects that resulted from a master plan and rejuvenation of the District that began in 2009. By engaging administrators, staff, and students we created a design for a modern middle school that is based around team teaching and classroom pods. The design promotes and supports hands-on, interactive learning that 21st century students need. Working with the school district, it was determined that a major renovation of the entire building, including the replacement of prior additions and preserving the historic 1925 original school was the best option for the best price. The project is carefully designed as a multi-phased, occupied construction to allow student education to continue with as minimal disturbance as possible.

In spring of 2020, voters overwhelmingly approved the new Woodbury School project. The middle school will be fully accessible and serve 900 students in grades 6-8 in approximately 170,000 sf, which is 40,000 sf more than the current building. This extra space will allow the school to expand hands-on programs such as, maker spaces, robotics, and engineering. The main entry and security sequence will be updated as well as safer site movement for parents, students, and buses. In addition to the new space, the renovation of the Woodbury school will provide new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems throughout.