Ashland High School

Ashland, Massachusetts

The design of Ashland High School is a result of a close collaboration between the client and architect. Traditional forms such as pitched roofs were used to create a modern vernacular.

The first electric clock was developed in Ashland by Henry Warren, and a clock theme was incorporated into the interior design vocabulary. A central spine connects multifunction ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,050COST PER SQ FT$162.38FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio in a street-like manner with multiple social gathering spaces that have a visual connection to the outside.

The new high school building is on a 52-acre site that features many natural elements that were both aesthetically pleasing and challenging. The site has a significant amount of ledge and elevation grade change from end to end. Also prevalent were wetlands, a system of trails and overhead electrical transmission lines.

The building was situated in the interior portion of the site with a perimeter drive that allows for several parking areas to be fit into the challenging terrain.

The athletic fields were designed to terrace into the hilly terrain and to balance the amount of cut and fill required. The design took advantage of the pockets of wetlands throughout the site by incorporating two observation platforms that extend into the water.

The building features a steel frame with primarily sloped asphalt shingle roofs. The gymnasium, cafeteria, library and main lobby areas feature translucent wall and skylight panels, which provide diffused light and reduce electrical costs.