The majority of Wilmington’s school buildings were constructed between 1950 and 1970. Building and space deficiencies are numerous, resulting in non-compliance, poor functionality, and excessive maintenance and operating costs.
D&W assessed the physical condition and educational function of each building and site in the District, reviewed the programs and enrollment projections, and developed a Long-Range School Facilities Master Plan. Looking to the future of the buildings, the Plan considered changes to come in building and energy codes, educational programs, structure and technology.
Dore & Whittier was later selected to complete a Feasibility Study and Schematic Design for a High School project funded, in part, by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. The preferred option for Wilmington was a new High School on the current site. The plan was overwhelmingly approved by the Town in December 2011 and construction of the new school is complete with final site work to wrap up in October.
In the new building, Small Learning Communities provide a variety of clustered larger and smaller teaching spaces; a central courtyard and roof terrace offer outdoor instructional spaces. A significantly reduced construction period required minimal phasing and resulted in only minor disruption.
Owner Wilmington Public Schools
SQ. FT. 193,340
Photographer Frank Giuliani