Project: Riverbend Middle School

Location: South Natick, MA

Date Completed: December 2017

Construction Cost: $1,500,000

Project Architect: Piatt Associates

Civil Engineering: Brassard Design

Structural Engineer: Siegel Associates

Mechanical Engineer: Zade Company

Lighting: Light This!

Following completion of Riverbend Children’s House, the school decided to restore and renovate the historic Peletiah Morse Tavern (ca. 1748) along with a new addition, to create middle school classrooms for math, science, general curriculum and a music and band room. The Tavern building will also contain the school’s Admissions and Welcome office. A dilapidated cedar shingle addition was replaced with a new structure; in FORM like a barn that might have been attached to a building like this, in MATERIAL, a contemporary use of red cedar that will fade and darken to provide a quiet background to the Tavern building, and in DETAIL, minimal to not compete with its neighbor and with energy efficient specifications to ensure a long and efficient future life. New insulation was carefully detailed to not adversely impact the historic post & beam structure.