New construction 133,000 sf
Renovation 87,000 sf
Student body 900
Construction cost $50M
Honors & Awards
Lee J. Brockway Award for School Design, Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI)
LEED for Schools Certified
This major overhaul of the Mt. Blue High School/Foster Technical Center campus serves as a state model for fully integrating career technical education (CTE) with an academic high school. The organizational principles place academic classrooms directly adjacent to CTE labs and scatter CTE programs throughout the floor plan, allowing for complete integration between the two.
The building incorporates multiple alternative energy technologies such as wood chips, geothermal, solar hot water heating, electrical wind generators, and photovoltaic panels. All of the alternative energy technologies have been designed to be monitored as part of the school curriculum.
The building was designed with 1-, 2-, and 3-story instructional blocks, with shorter blocks designed for future expansion.
There are two new performance spaces: a 500-seat, two-story auditorium to serve the theater, music, dance, and video media programs, and a 250-seat performance space for academic lectures, meetings of the faculty senate, and small group performances.
For a presentation on the sustainable features of the building, click here.
For a video of the project, click here.
Photo credits: © Sandy Agrafiotis Aerial photo by Maine Imaging