Built in 1957, the Pioneer Valley Regional School was due for improvements. Concerns over life-safety issues, crowding and other building deficiencies led the school’s Building Needs Study Committee to hire the architect to perform a feasibility study. Major issues under review included educational function, applicable codes and COST PER SQ FT$166.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation conservation.
The committee opted for a renovation and addition project that allowed for grades 7 and 8 to be separated from grades 9 to 12 while sharing core facilities. The addition, encompassing 58,352 square feet, houses 20 additional classrooms; an NCAA-sized gymnasium with bleachers; additional locker rooms; expanded guidance, administration and health spaces; and a new boiler with an energy-efficient heating and ventilation system. The school has new fields for soccer, softball, baseball and track, many of which can be lighted for night usage.
In conjunction with the addition, 62,000 square feet of the existing structure was renovated. These renovations included a new electrical and mechanical system, fire protection, windows, handicapped accessibility, updated science labs and new fine-arts spaces. The cafeteria received an expanded kitchen and new food-storage areas. Technology also was vastly improved throughout the building with a schoolwide network, multiple servers, new computers and distance-learning capabilities.