“The Designer Selection Committee unanimously selected Ai3 Architects after interviews by competing firms from Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire.”
Subsequent to the approval of a $28.0 million bond referendum for a new middle school, the Lincoln School Building Committee began a regional search for an architectural firm specializing in creating 21st Century educational environments. Design firms from all over the Northeast participated in the design proposal process. After reviewing proposals, visiting completed projects, speaking with former clients, and conducting interviews, the large and highly diversified Lincoln Designer Selection Committee unanimously selected Ai3 as their choice for their new 21st Century middle school. The new Lincoln Middle School integrates the most recent educational and technological advancements in teaching, learning, and student socialization. Its beautiful historical and classical exterior provides no indication of the technologically advanced learning environment inside. Each classroom contains computer driven interactive white boards, LCD projectors, CPUs, and video devices capable of taking full advantage of the “real time” streaming of voice, video, and data; thus, providing educational instructional tools that are critical to the seamless integration of 21st Century technology. The fully air-conditioned facility includes a cleverly organized three-story academic core that allows for flexible educational organization where schools-within-the-school can be broken down by grade level, team, or house, and even combinations thereof. The educationally focused program includes teacher planning rooms, large group instructional labs, and a highly sophisticated Library Media Center.
“Thanks to the fine cooperation between Ai3 and Gilbane, work schedules were prepared and work moved forward, with Ai3 providing professional services we could never have dreamed of. Our middle school project was completed on time and within budget, providing our community with a middle school that is the envy of the rest of Rhode Island. Our project would never have been as successful as it was without Ai3 and their professional ethics. They are the best, they gave us their best, and together we built the best.”