Smith Elementary School


The Smith Elementary School project consisted of a new 83,050 square foot facility that serves 465 students in Grades K-5. The new building was constructed immediately adjacent to the existing school, which remained fully operational during construction. Abatement and demolition of the existing school was completed for a new outdoor play space and parking.

On the inside of the building, W.T. Rich modernized the original design – which embraced an open-space classroom setup that was popular in the 1970s – and constructed state-of-the-art classrooms, an auditorium and a full-size gymnasium. Other features include a robust security system, administrative offices, a STEAM room, a library, a media center, an art/music room and additional spaces located along the main hallways and central stairs to encourage further collaboration. The new building will be CHPS certified.

Project Information

Location: Danvers, MA

Size: 83,050 SF

Type: New Construction

Owner: Town of Danvers

Designer: Tappé Architects, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (MGL Chapter 149A)

"W.T. Rich Company has been a strong partner in our Smith Elementary School building project from the very start. They have been responsive, dedicated and detail-oriented through every stage of the process, from pre-construction design review to project completion. Through their collaborative team approach, we successfully built a state-of-the-art school on an accelerated timeline - all while working on a tight, occupied site - without students missing a single day of school."

Keith Taverna, Danvers Public Schools
Smith Elementary School