Gateway Regional Middle School/High School serves seven communities in western Massachusetts. It was part of a $46 million districtwide capital-improvement project encompassing six school facilities.
The facility was constructed as a high school in 1961; a middle school was added in 1972. This project included comprehensive renovations of the existing facility and CAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$139.75FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio of several additions.
Two major additions anchor the front elevation. The first contains the main entrance to the complex; a performing-arts center housing a 650-seat auditorium, music rooms and support spaces; and a health center serving the community.
The second major addition is a new sports center that contains a gymnasium, wellness center, and locker, team and training rooms. A second floor was added within a portion of the original gymnasium to provide additional program space.
The facility was zoned to accommodate after-hours use for school events and by the community. A common entry point for all students leads into a “main street” corridor that provides access to spaces shared by both school populations, and leads to their separate educational components.
The facility also contains a distance-learning center. Students share classes with other districts, and participate in courses offered by colleges and universities worldwide. The space and its teleconferencing capabilities serve as tools for staff development.