Cambridge School of Weston

Garthwaite Center for Science and Art

Project at a Glance

Weston, MA



Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Building a LEED Platinum-equivalent facility on a fixed schedule and budget
  • Engineering and fabricating custom timber framing to accommodate exposed M/E/P systems
  • Working in the main campus quadrangle without impacting daily student life

With a campus philosophy centered on environmental awareness, the Cambridge School of Weston (CSW) wanted their new art and science center to be much more than program space—they needed it to be a tangible representation of their campus culture. This meant integrating their lab and gallery space needs with the most efficient, sustainable systems and finishes available.

As the new focus point of the campus’ main quadrangle, the Garthwaite Center provides CSW with art gallery and classroom space, community rooms to display student artwork and six lab classrooms. Sustainable building elements such as a green roof; FSC Certified wood millwork, flooring and lab casework; a pellet hopper and boiler; and recycled glass tile have elevated the building to a status equivalent to LEED Platinum certification.

We also completed the first phase of the Lower Fields project, which is a major element in the school’s Master Plan. The new maintenance facility is a wood-framed structure, with a New England Barn style. The building includes garage space for maintenance vehicles, an art woodworking shop for art students and faculty, two offices for the maintenance staff, loft storage space on the second level and restroom facilities for the athletic fields.