Project Type: New
Construction Cost: Est. $104M
Size: 228,000 SF

Career & Technical Education

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

Harwich, MA

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School is a 214,000 SF building located on a 67-acre site. The existing facility was originally constructed in 1975 and currently serves grades 9-12. The existing School was built originally with the “open” concept approach to classroom instruction. Its classrooms, laboratories and technical spaces do not meet current minimum size requirements and use outdated technology. In addition, the school’s electrical, heating and cooling systems are outdated. The current school does not meet accessibility compliance as well.

DRA worked closely with the District and performed a comprehensive assessment of the existing conditions and the educational program. Input was received from educators, administrators, and facilities personnel. Several options were presented to the District including base repair options, addition/renovation configurations, and new construction options.

The goal of the new Cape Cod Tech school is to provide 21st century learning and to support the new educational philosophy for career and technical education. The new school design will group academic spaces around each technical discipline, to foster a sense of community and collaboration.

The new facility will be 6,000 SF larger than the current building, and house 650 students. The design includes 22 general classrooms, 2 small group/flex spaces, 6 science classroom/labs, 2 art/maker spaces, and 17 vocational/technical shops/classrooms.

With the three-story design, the new school is designed to fit into the topography along the eastern edge of the property. The conceptual design features two wings of academic classrooms and a large, space for vocational shops, with additional height and access for the construction and transportation shops. When the new building is ready for use in 2021, the old school will be demolished to make room for parking and new sports fields.

Project Leadership

Sarah Carda, AIA

LEED AP BD+C | Associate and Project Manager

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA

LEED AP BD+C | President and Principal

Secil Yakin

NCIDQ, LEED Green Associate | Interior Designer
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