Billerica Memorial High School
The New Billerica Memorial High School is designed to serve as an interdisciplinary center with easy access to the larger shared common spaces and the academic clusters. The design is organized around 2 axes, an east-west axis that serves the civic/shared public functions and a north-south axis that serves the academic communicates. A lot of consideration was given to determining the best program adjacencies in order to ensure the greatest synergies. For example, Life Skills, Culinary Arts, Family Consumer Science Health and Nutrition, kitchen, café and the exterior garden are adjacent to enhance one another.
Early Education and Care, is located next to the Pre-K in the new facility to create greater coordination between the Child Growth and Development program. Another example of the educational programs that are enriched due to physical adjacencies are Video Production, Editing, Computer Graphics and Media. Robotics, Engineering Shop, Engineering Lab/Modeling Room, Maker Spaces and computer lab are within the academic cores in order to allow for cross collaboration and project based learning.
Space to allow for students who compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, where they work collaboratively in areas of design, construction, programming, finance, and community outreach is essential. All aspects of the academic programs are designed to support hands on learning and a variety of learning styles. The current design allows for a 70% Energy use and 38.1% potable water use reduction while meeting the 2030 challenge for LPD reductions. The proposed site also occupies other town facilities such as the Town Hall, Police Station, Fire Station and the Hallenborg Ice Rink. Due to the site constraints the new High School would require construction while the existing 342,000 sf facility is fully occupied. After the construction of the new High School is complete demolition of the existing High School would take place to construct the parking, stadium, fields and student commons.