New construction 165,000 sf
Renovation 100,000 sf
Student body 1,240 from eight towns
South Paris, ME
The first comprehensive high school in the State of Maine, Oxford Hills combines existing high and technical schools into a single institution offering “seamless” education with a high degree of collaboration between vocational and academic programs.
The school is organized in six specialty clusters, all centered around a communications core consisting of the media center, the television studio, and presentation/community meeting rooms.
A main street running through the heart of the building connects the major functions: school store, administration area, library/media center, cafeteria/auditorium, and gym.
PDT conceived a program for enhancing community auditorium facilities by converting the existing auditorium into a cafeteria/auditorium with 600 seats and creating a new horseshoe-shaped intimate forum with 300 seats.
A central human services area combines the traditionally separate functions of administration, guidance, the nurse, community education, and the athletic director. The new library was built into the old gymnasium space.
Photo credits (except night shot of front entry): © Greg Morley