The City of Portsmouth hired JCJ Architecture to do an assessment on the feasibility of renovating and expanding the existing Portsmouth Middle School. Previous studies included abandoning the 1930’s structure and constructing a new school away from the downtown area. This scheme was rejected by the community, and for good reason. It was completely contradictory to the City’s 10-year master plan that envisioned a “livable, walkable community that preserves its history…and lives in balance with its natural resources.”

Acentech teamed with JCJ Architecture on this new scheme, which included renovating the 50,000 sf original building, demolishing a poorly performing 1970s addition, and constructing an 85,000 sf new wing. Acentech’s acoustic review included recommendations for specialized spaces, such as the cafetorium, stage, music rooms and gymnasium; as well as general classrooms and administrative offices. Our report included design recommendations for mechanical system noise and vibration control needed to keep unwanted noise out of the occupied spaces, and ensure appropriate acoustics for each environment.

This vibrant new project was designed to address the community’s goals for sustainability, and expected to achieve Northeast CHPS certification.

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