Belchertown High School

Belchertown, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Drummey Rosane Anderson

  • CLIENT

    Town of Belchertown, Mass.

  • AREA

    175,825 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $28,122,015.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2002

The school accommodates 1,000 students in grades 9 to 12. The concept of a “main street” was developed and includes common areas for shared learning placed strategically to encourage interaction. The gymnasium is at one end of the corridor, and the auditorium and cafeteria are situated at the other end to establish clear reference points. This main street is organized ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$160.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational Interiors2003 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas three lobbies that bring the design and population of the school together—the main entrance lobby, the monumental staircase and the cafeteria/auditorium lobby. The school colors (orange and black) have been integrated into the design.

The main lobby is for visitors to the main office and athletic facilities. The stone floors are embellished with red granite and thin bands of steel. The cafeteria/auditorium lobby serves as an informal student gathering space, with a large wooden bench for seating. After hours, it serves as a lobby for community events taking place in the auditorium and cafeteria.

The monumental stair is the focal point of the design. Spanning three floors, the circle motif (evident in the floor and ceiling details and reinforced by curved walls) shows the various parts of the school drawing together. The stair rises to the knowledge center of the school—the library.