The new Fitchburg High School built for 1,400 students was completed on a fast-track schedule and designed to take on many characteristics of the old mill town. The school was designed using a wing concept to address wetland conservation issues, use small portions of the site, provide educational wings organized by function, and create open courtyards.
The dramatic CAPACITY1,400COST PER SQ FT$125.74FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio of many colors and styles of brick and block accentuates the wing design, which is used to preserve the surrounding wetlands.
The front entrance opens into a dramatic two-story lobby with lighting from above through a skylight. The school mascot is laid into the floor in the school colors. Opening onto the lobby are the auditorium and fieldhouse. This layout allows for the rest of the school to be sealed off while these two facilities are being used for community functions in the evenings and on weekends.
The auditorium seats 750 and has full dramatic lighting, sound and rigging. It is designed with a sloped floor and is on the caliber of a junior-college level.
The fieldhouse features a 1/11-mile track and can be subdivided for group use.