The Hurley School

Boston, MA

Study and Renovations Completed 2010


In 2010, Oudens Ello Architecture accepted an invitation to assist the Facilities Needs Committee with a range of design studies at the Joseph J. Hurley School in Boston Massachusetts. Part of the Boston Public School system, the progressive elementary education school is led by its dynamic principal, Marjorie Soto, and a group of dedicated parents who are actively engaged in upgrading the school and its facilities. OEA’s charge was to help the committee identify and develop projects that could improve the school’s efficiency and functionality within the reach of the school’s private fund raising capabilities.

Working pro bono for the school, OEA proposed several compelling “surgical” improvements throughout the two-story, 40,000 square-foot facility, the most significant of which was quickly embraced as a realistic, near-term project. Completed in late 2010, the installation of wall-mounted folding cafeteria tables and chairs has transformed the school’s existing gymnasium into a flexible, multi-purpose space, which now accommodates a school-wide lunch program for its 200 students.

Other speculative projects, still in early planning stages, include minor modifications to the existing auditorium, library and art room, display millwork above student lockers, a built-in trophy case and tutorial workstations in the auditorium lobby and added storage.