Project Type: New
Construction Cost: Est. $98.3M
Size: 215,000 SF
Stoughton High School
The proposed new Stoughton High School is envisioned to be a 21st Century High School that embodies the values of Stoughton in an educationally-appropriate and cost-effective structure. Specifically, the new school will be flexible, sustainable and relevant to its setting.
To achieve these goals the new school will be a compact, three-story building configured around a small courtyard. This configuration fits well into the limited buildable area adjacent to the existing school and reflects the desired adjacencies expressed in Stoughton’s Educational Program. The massing of the building reflects the general internal organization, as each major programmatic component is expressed- the classroom clusters, the central core including administration and the major public spaces of auditorium and gymnasium.
The interior layout will have sense of openness to promote the values of collaboration and the notion that “learning happens everywhere.” An open-style cafeteria will act as a student common strategically located at the heart of the school, adjacent to the main entry. Similarly, the academic classrooms are organized around open, multi-purpose collaboration areas. A smaller scale version of open break-out spaces are located at the intersections of the main academic corridors on each floor. Supervision of each of these spaces is easily achieved in both active and passive ways and faculty work spaces are de-centralized to insure adult presence throughout the school.
The exterior of the new High School is meant to compliment Stoughton’s other major civic buildings including Town Hall, Clapp Library and Stoughton’s train station. All are formal masonry structures with classical proportions and large vertical openings. The new High School will incorporate these characteristics, but with a contemporary feel reflecting the forward-looking educational program. The visual focal point of the exterior of the building is the main entrance with its vertical entrance tower, curtain wall, and sloped translucent glazing.
The interior focal points are the main lobby incorporating the student commons on the first floor and the learning commons on the second floor. These spaces are located at the core of the school’s main circulation paths and together they will form the symbolic heart of the new Stoughton High School. Each is a high space with a substantial amount of natural light. The collaborative areas in each classroom cluster will also be interior focal points. They will have special flooring, ceiling, and wall treatments, and will be supported by technology.
“The process was impressive,” she told The Enterprise. “They are familiar with the community and have already worked with the facilities master plan. I really believe that this decision is a perfect fit for Stoughton.”