Wayland High School
George Metzger, AIA (Principal-in-Charge); Steve Millington, AIA (Project Manager); Seong-II Ahn, AIA (Project Architect); Maria Mulligan, AIA (Project Architect); Scott Ward (Technical and Construction Administration); Mario Torroella, FAIA (Design Director)
Wayland High School, a 900-student suburban school known for its strong CAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$338.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio program, underwent a complete reconstruction. Sited on a 77-acre open campus, the original multi-building plan included seven separate buildings loosely organized around an open quad that functioned as a central activity hub when the weather permitted. While planning to replace the aging and inefficient buildings, stakeholders articulated a vision that maintained the small campus feel, an integral part of the student culture.
The new design includes two multi-story buildings anchored by an open courtyard that functions as an all-weather student commons, and a renovated field house. The consolidation of the program into two buildings — the Academic Building, containing classrooms, and the Commons Building with core spaces, athletics and fine and performing arts — provides a more efficient solution, a smaller footprint and a strong sense of community. The design enables students to move freely between the buildings. It provides a sense of independence and emulates the college experience while maintaining the supervision necessary for a high school.