Waynflete opens 'spectacular' new Lower SchoolBy Kate Irish Collins on September 18, 2018
PORTLAND — The new Lower School at Waynflete is a learning laboratory where students can engage in deep inquiry, Head of School Geoff Wagg said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Sept. 14.
"This day represents decades of hopes and dreams," Wagg said last week, while calling the new building "much more than bricks and mortar."
The Lower School, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, is part of a $12 million capital improvement project on Waynflete's West End campus, which also includes a new gymnasium.
Construction on the new Lower School began in June 2017. The project doubles the size of the school, from 20,000 to 40,000 square feet.
Along with classroom space, the new building also includes a library, an amphitheater and an innovation lab, among other features, such as a second-story terrace with views of the Fore River.
In addition, according to Waynflete, the building is one of the largest structures in Maine built to Passive House standards; it incorporates superinsulation, and fresh air is continuously ventilated for extreme energy efficiency.