Project Type: New
Construction Cost: Est. $83 M
Size: 165,000 SF
Middleborough High School
The new Middleborough High School is designed to truly engage each student with an innovative, 21st century learning experience. The study to either update or replace the aging 1970’s school (also built by DRA) explored multiple options. The team developed options for code/core infrastructure upgrade, renovation/addition, and new construction on the same site or other sites in Town.
We explored four options that included two plans to renovate the existing school and two plans to build new. In April 2017, the Building Committee voted unanimously chose Option A – a new high school.
“I believe Option A represents the culmination of a great deal of thought, planning, public input, and deliberation that will provide Middleboro with an excellent facility that represents the best efforts to maximize education and serve the community,” said Robert Desrosiers, chairman of the Building Committee. “It was determined that this approach to the project was the most cost effective, the least disruptive to the students and community, and best fits the Educational Plan for the High School going forward.”
The building has two three-story academic wings; one wing focused on “Humanities” studies while the other wing is focused on “STEAM” programming with a fabrication/makerspace. The academic wings connect to a rotunda area that serves as the knuckle of the building. There are two central drop-off points to tighten security. The “Health and Wellness” wing connects to the rotunda and houses the gymnasium, fitness, and weight rooms. In the “Performing Arts” wing includes an auditorium, black box theater, television production studio and the band and choral programs. These two wings have separate entrances to serve community and after-school functions.