O&G Industries recently completed the Bowers Elementary School renovation and addition project. This was the second Manchester Public School designed by TSKP Studio to achieve Net Zero Energy. O&G completed Buckley Elementary School in 2022, the first of three Manchester schools to be renovated to net zero.
The 65,000 SF Bowers Elementary School serves up to 400 students, grades K-4. With flexibility being key to a 21st-century learning environment, classrooms, and breakout spaces were designed to achieve multiple learning zones. The furniture accommodates various configurations as the programming changes.
The school is comprised of STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Music) spaces that overlook a new secure courtyard and outdoor classroom. The second floor contains additional general classrooms and special education spaces. A new prominent main entrance has been established, and site circulation was reorganized to increase efficiency and safety.
Bowers will be energy efficient and generate as much energy over a year as it uses. Geothermal wells were drilled under the existing ballfield and the roof houses photovoltaics. Every finish, tile, and mechanical system was replaced in the renovated structure.