The new Dorchester School of Technology is designed to promote the “interconnectedness” of the various disciplines, celebrating the learning process and the products of students’ efforts. The program includes four clusters: transportation, construction, consumer services and information technology. Situated adjacent to an existing high school, the new facility is CAPACITY360COST PER SQ FT$240.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress initially as an annex, to evolve into a future comprehensive high school.
The design is focused around a central light-filled space, with display space for student work. The adjoining instructional spaces have glazed openings into the labs and classrooms, providing views of the learning process. An adjacent two-story wing houses administrative and shared functions, along with information technology and consumer-service spaces. The adjacent construction and transportation wings enclose a shared outdoor construction yard.
The building’s forms are contemporary translations of the agrarian and nautical heritage of the region, illustrated by the palette of materials, the detailing and the simple roof forms. The building incorporates many sustainable features, including extensive daylighting, high-efficiency lighting, a geothermal mechanical system, indoor air quality controls and native landscaping.