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Assistant construction manager Tim Baker demonstrates how the mirror on the teacher’s table in the science lab at the new Marshall Middle School works.


LYNN — When Thurgood Marshall Middle School students return from spring break on Monday, they will be in for a treat.

The 1,100 students, from sixth to eighth grade, will enter the new $67 million building on Brookline Street for the first time. Each grade will enter through different doors on the first day, as the school is separated by Building A, B and C, all connected, and will be given a short orientation.

Molly Cohen, the school’s principal, declined to comment.

In a letter to parents she wrote, “This is an exciting time for our school community and for the city of Lynn. “After years of planning and building, we are moving into the first new school building in Lynn in close to 20 years.”

Tim Baker, assistant project manager for NV5, the Watertown project management firm contracted for the middle school, conducted a media tour in the 181,847-square-foot facility on Wednesday.

Students will be met with a colorful design as the building has been color coded. Classrooms have different color themes by subject, with the wall color matching the chairs at each desk. The building is also separated by clusters for students, each of which has its own color. Each cluster of classrooms is in its own wing.

Baker said each teacher has their own computer and desk. Each classroom also features an interactive projector. He said the device has a trace feature, which allows someone to write on the whiteboard as he would an iPad.

Science rooms are set up lecture style, with long table desks. The rooms feature extra counter space for the experiment the teacher has planned for that day. Baker said there is also a demonstration table with a mirror, where students can see the reflection of whatever experiment the teacher is demonstrating.

A skylight on the top floor brings a burst of natural light to the four floors below. The cafeteria is designed with a cloud ceiling which is supposed to resemble the sky. The white tiles are standard ceiling tiles, but the blue, green and grey ones are made of glass. Baker said the cafeteria could seat 350 students comfortably. In between the gym and cafeteria is a stage, where performances can take place.

Other features are a fenced in courtyard, an elevator, space for life skills classes, which include stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and a washer and dryer.

On Monday, students will follow a modified schedule and be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will not be served the first day, but school will resume to its normal routines the rest of the week.

Boston-based Walsh Brothers is the construction manager for the project, while Raymond Design Associates of Hingham, served as the architect.

If minor problems should arise in the first week, help will be on site.

“I will be here next week,” Baker said.

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