New addition to Lincoln School will update building facade
A RENDERING of the design of the new two-story addition to the science wing of the Lincoln School in Providence. Designed by LLB Architects, of Pawtucket, the 3,040-square-foot addition will feature a dramatic glass-curtain wall facing the west and 20 vertical fins, or sun shades, spaced in such a way as to create rolling shade as the sun moves.
PROVIDENCE – The Lincoln School this summer will break ground on a significant addition to its science wing, a two-story addition that will allow it to present a new facade facing Butler Boulevard.
Designed by LLB Architects, of Pawtucket, the 3,040-square-foot addition will feature a dramatic glass-curtain wall facing the west and 20 vertical fins, or sun shades, spaced in such a way as to create rolling shade as the sun moves.
Project architect Kathleen A. Bartels, a principal at LLB, said the design was intended to capture the educational philosophy of the independent school for girls: where tradition meets innovation.
The two-story addition will house the STEAM Hub for Girls, with second-level classroom and breakout spaces that will allow teachers to work in an interdisciplinary manner. The first floor will feature student work spaces and an open gallery. The school is creating the new space for increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering, architecture, the arts and mathematics.
“The design is definitely modern,” Bartels said. “In the spirit of what the STEAM Hub is, it’s very technically based. We know this is a west-facing facade. We do want a lot of glass and views because it supports learning. Light supports learning. Views support learning. Studies support that.”
In addition to the new construction, the project will include the renovation of 8,625 square feet of existing science classrooms, Bartels said.
The modern, curvilinear design will allow people outside the school to literally look through the new addition and see the adjacent building that houses the Frances E. Wheeler Gymnasium.
Construction will be managed by Shawmut Design and Construction. The work is scheduled to begin when school ends in June, and completion is expected by December.