Project information

  • New construction 175,000 sf

  • Renovation 55,000 sf 

  • Designed for 900 high school students from Augusta and 8 surrounding towns

  • Now 700 high school students, 300 middle school students

  • Construction cost $25.5 M

  • Completed 2006

Augusta, ME


The entry to the new Cony High School was designed to recall the original “flatiron” Cony High School building, now converted to senior housing.

The open food court, the heart of school, is in constant use as a meeting place and study hall.

Cony’s William and Elsie Viles Auditorium seats 950, with a sound/light booth in the back and a public lobby that doubles as an art gallery.

A daylit main street connects the entry to the food court, administrative offices, student services, the auditorium, and the gym.

Cony has two regulation high school gyms divided by a folding wall that can be retracted for graduation events.

Chemistry classrooms feature eye-washing stations and flexible furniture that can be regrouped as needed.

An early perspective sketch of the interior of the Cony High School entry.

Cony High School (now Cony School) is a state-of-the-art, high-tech educational facility that incorporates many green, sustainable technologies. The four learning communities and sports and fine art facilities rotate around a central public food court that provides access to computer labs, the library, social services, and general administration, as well as the main entry and lobby.

Connections between the new school and the adjacent 1970s Capital Area Technical Center allow both to function independently while allowing students to cross over and take advantage of both curriculums. There is no duplication of resources, curriculum, teachers, or equipment, resulting in a highly efficient building and educational program.

Photo credits: © Sandy Agrafiotis

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