As a comprehensive high school, Quincy High School (QHS) requires both traditional and vocational programs for students. Previously, the school had consisted of two separate academic and career-based buildings. The school’s requirements included educating 21st-century students by providing excellence in COST PER SQ FT$389.00FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts seamless, interdisciplinary environment, in which career and academics are interwoven in everyday work and life.
The design team thoughtfully co-located academic and vocational programs, emulating real-life adjacencies and interactions. The new QHS was designed around four academies of excellence: STEM; Humanities; Fine & Performing Arts; and a Ninth-Grade Academy to support the transition to high school. Career-based learning and traditional learning are fully co-located in one building.
The design team satisfied all square-footage and program requirements for two distinct and rigid state-governed programs (traditional high school and vocational), while working in a severely constrained footprint. The high school was operational through phased construction.
The vocational program includes a fully equipped, 3,700-square-foot auto body shop; 4,000-square-foot chef’s kitchen and cafe; 2,700-square-foot carpentry shop; scene-making shop; fashion technology studio; and several other specialty spaces with dedicated equipment.
The building is a traditional New England brick-clad four-story structure.