Project Type: New
Construction Cost: Est. $70.8M
Size: 165,000 SF
Middleborough High School
The goal of the proposed new Middleborough High School is to truly engage each student with an innovative, 21st century learning experience. The project included a Feasibility Study that explored multiple options to either update or replace the aging 1970’s school (also built by DRA). The options considered included code/core infrastructure upgrades to the existing school, renovation/addition to the existing school, and/or new construction on the same parcel or other parcels in Town.
DRA further developed four options that included two plans to renovate the existing high school and two plans to build a new school. In April 2017, the Building Committee voted unanimously chose Option A – a new high school.
Features of the 165,000 SF building include two three-story academic wings; one wing focused on “Humanities” studies while the other wing is focused on “STEAM” programming including a Fabrication/Maker space. The academic wings connect to a rotunda area that serves as the knuckle of the building and includes two central drop-off points to tighten security. Also connecting to the rotunda space are a “Health and Wellness” wing including a gymnasium, fitness, and weight rooms and a “Performing Arts” wing housing an auditorium, black box theater, television production studio and the band and choral programs. These two wings include separate entrances to serve community and after-school functions.