Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, New Health & Life Sciences Center

Billerica, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    Knight, Bagge and Anderson, Inc.


    Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational-Technical School District

  • AREA

    14,375 sq.ft.





The school saw a need to create a new life-sciences program to respond to growth in the medical fields. The new program would include labs for three distinct disciplines: medical technicians, dental assistants and nursing assistants, which are contained in separate suites. Each suite incorporates aspects required for the instruction of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$243.92FEATURED IN2012 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts curriculum.

The med-tech labs incorporate long counters with power and network outlets readily available for various pieces of equipment. The dental labs include perimeter casework and sinks with movable tables for flexible workstations. The dental suite also contains a fully functional operatory with four dental chairs and digital X-ray machines. The nursing labs include long walls for treatment beds and perimeter casework with sinks. Durable and bright materials were used for counters and floors.

Skylights were incorporated at spaces to maximize natural light where windows could not be installed. The new center was designed to create a professional atmosphere, independent from the industrial programs of the main school, to better prepare students for the professional environments of their future.