Finegold Alexander was selected to create a 21st-century high school for Methuen. The existing 1975 school was well designed and solidly built, but the open classroom design did not provide an optimal learning environment. Finegold Alexander’s design expands the school, improves the user experience, introduces energy and water efficiency, and meets program CAPACITY2,075COST PER SQ FT$175.00CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation for a four-section educational system.
Design goals and requested program features:
• Expanded teaching tools: A new wing for arts and music, along with a 750-seat auditorium and stage, that exposes students interested in theater technology to professional-level equipment.
• Increased daylight: An infusion of natural light improves the learning environment and reduces electricity demands.
• Enhanced arrival and circulation: A clear identity that celebrates the arrival point, provides a more welcoming entry and clarifies circulation.
• Put a heart into the building: Open common areas, flexible learning spaces, and lively colors and finishes.
The project, carried out while the school was occupied by 1,400 students, was completed in two phases using the CM-at-Risk method.