BOSTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Finegold Alexander Architects received a Citation Award for Education Facilities Design from the Boston Society of Architects’ annual Design Awards. The project transformed an outdated high school through a 324,000 GSF renovation and a 40,000 GSF addition, into a state-of-the-art facility. The multi-phased $75-million-dollar project was completed while the building was occupied. PHOTOS HERE
“The design effectively incorporates elements provided by the site, and in doing so, tremendously enhances it. This is very successful work, commendably restrained.”
The existing 1975 open classroom building was innovative for its time, but was outdated for contemporary teaching methods. Finegold Alexander’s design provides a fresh identity, reconfigures the interior, improves the user experience, introduces energy and water efficiency, and meets program requirements for a four-section educational system.
Jury Comments included: “The design effectively incorporates elements provided by the site, and in doing so, tremendously enhances it. This is very successful work, commendably restrained.”
“Our team is extremely proud of the design and construction of Methuen High School. We hope it will be a model for similar future projects,” said Regan Shields Ives, Principal, Finegold Alexander Architects.
Program goals included new science classrooms, a media center, enhanced arrival and circulation, and putting a new ‘heart’ into the building. There is a new arts and music wing and a 750-seat auditorium and stage, updating technology to professional-level equipment. An infusion of natural light improves the learning environment and reduces electricity. Open common areas, flexible learning spaces, and lively finishes are featured. The main entry now features an atrium, a grand staircase, new signage and lighting. Landscape improvements provide a more welcoming entry and secure circulation.
The design team included: Trident, KBA Architects, Engineers Design Group, RDK Engineers, ART Engineering Corporation, Nitsch Engineering, Inc., Haley & Aldrich, ATC Associates, Copley Wolff Design Group, Stefura Associates, Inc., Acentech, Faithful + Gould, Crabtree McGrath Associates, Martin Vinik Planning for the Arts, RW Sullivan, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Consigli Construction served as the construction manager for the project.
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