BRUNSWICK –– Preliminary designs for Brunswick Schools’ new middle school were unveiled Tuesday.
Edward Shearson, an architect with TDA Architecture, told the board of education: “We are keeping the entry, obviously, on Pearl Road. That’s just the most appropriate place for that.”
The entrance will sit in between Edwards and Visintainer middle schools in the space that currently is the staff parking lot for Edwards.
The sixth-grade wing will be two stories and the seventh- and eighth-grade wings will be three stories, Shearson said. Students and visitors will enter via the middle floor.
The stadium will sit behind the new middle school, Shearson said.
“The building supports the stadium and the stadium supports the building,” Shearson said regarding restrooms. “The idea is to use the facilities in the building to support the stadium possibly in the future.”
Shearson said the idea of separate restrooms for the stadium may be explored by the district in the future, but for now the stadium crowds will use restrooms in the school.
There also will be green space in front of the building between the parking lot and the school, as well as between the back of the building and the stadium.
The stadium also will be available for use by students during the school day.
The board still is working with TDA to complete the site plan and floor plan for the new building.
“We are continuing to refine the design,” Shearson said.
In November, district voters approved a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards, built in 1921, and Visintainer, built in 1949.
Edwards and Visintainer schools will be torn down, and the future of Willetts on Hadcock Road has not yet been decided.