The new 250,000-square-foot Killingly High School and Regional VoAg Center, which combines a traditional 9-12 high school with an advanced vocational/agricultural program, is designed to resemble a large retail space or enclosed mall. Core facilities are made accessible by way of a central student commons. This commons and multi-activity space provides CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$325.20FEATURED IN2012 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized access to the school’s core spaces such as the gymnasium and auditorium, and offers breakout spaces for performances, lectures and athletic events. A three-story academic wing is punctuated by a generous stair that overlooks the commons.
Adjacent to the school’s main entry is the VoAg Center, which celebrates the importance of animal and plant science to the food industry and local community. The center provides students with retail training, and encourages the public to purchase local produce, meat, flowers and organically grown fish directly from students.
The design team used natural materials such as red brick, maple wood, ground-faced block and stone, porcelain flooring and natural colors for the finishes. Mechanical systems are fully automated, sustainable and use high-efficiency equipment.