Why did the CEF focus on this project?
The CMHS Library to Learning Commons Project aligns with the CEF’s core principles of promoting excellence in education. It also directly supports the school district’s strategic goals of providing: universal-design furnishings, differentiated learning methods, digital literacy, and an overall focus on social interaction. This initiative brought Cohasset alongside our peers in Duxbury, Hingham and Marshfield—all of whom share the Learning Commons philosophy. Research indicates that improvements in library and media services have a direct correlation with student achievement.
What did the project entail?
Over a three year period, a team of teachers, students, administrators and community members worked to create a plan in which 21st Century teaching tools and methods are deployed in a flexible, collaborative and technological advanced space. Stefura Associates, who previously worked on the Paul Pratt Library, was selected to create the design.
The project scope included new lighting, furniture, flooring, window treatments, presentation equipment, digital infrastructure, and paint. In addition, the design incorporated a more cohesive blend of the indoor/outdoor spaces, taking advantage of natural light, new outdoor furniture and a courtyard gathering spot. The Learning Commons is a flexible space that can also be used for community gatherings and events.
- FLEXIBLE, COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE
- UPGRADED TECHNOLOGY
- FOCUS ON INNOVATION
- OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY USE
- INSPIRING SPACE TO LEARN