Dracut High School Option One C is the preferred option. This project is an additions and renovations project. The renovation portion of the school consists of a classrooms, Library, and Cafeteria renovation of approximately 138,000s.f. The addition portion of the school consists of a classrooms, Auditorium, Gymnasium, and locker rooms of approximately 82,630s.f. This project will be a phased construction project. Philosophy Statement Dracut Public Schools seeks to provide the highest quality education with the best facilities affordable. Creating a 21st century learning environment is an essential part of meeting this goal. We believe that the proposed improvements will address the immediate needs of the students and the community at-large. Providing maximum flexibility within the educational spaces is important when considering the future of the program over a 50-year life span. Educational program spaces such as Special Education classrooms and administrative space have been dispersed throughout the school to enhance teacher-student and student peer interaction. The proposed project is designed to enhance the experience of community for all students at the high school. Program Goals Dracut Public Schools strives to enhance the social and emotional development of students balanced with a rigorous academic and extracurricular programming. We are strengthening the structure, role and impact of all of our programming. This requires well-developed resources that are competitive and attractive enough to inspire and challenge students to achieve at the highest levels. Dracut Public Schools seeks to provide the highest quality education with the best facilities possible. Teaching and learning, at Dracut Senior High School, seeks to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century. Through career-oriented, web-based instruction, students will be increasingly asked to apply their learning in real life applications. Students are increasingly being asked not only to read, reflect and report on their findings, but also to research and connect to the vast amounts of data and the many information outlets. They are being asked to synthesize and analyze information into reports using various analytical instruments and to present this information in multimedia presentations as is seen in the business world today. The management of learning also requires digital resources for the teacher who must increasingly organize and analyze student performance data, manage online learning extensions from the regular classroom, and draw on web-based resources for instruction. Networking capability, within the school and externally, will be essential to support this advanced learning model. The library, gymnasium and auditorium must serve even more important functions than in the past. These facilities must evolve into places for communal gathering, learning, and modeling of advanced instructional approaches. The modern library will be a hub for the school in that it enables professional development and community-centered activities. The gymnasium and auditorium will be enhanced to more fully meet the needs of the entire school, the town, contemporary adult learning and social networking needs with stateor-the-art learning both day and night. Dracut Public Schools has enhanced and expanded its current curriculum on its way to becoming a leader in areas of study such as Nanotechnology, Robotics, Integrated Adaptive Physical Education, and Culinary Arts. The latest technologies have been incorporated into the schoolâ€™s design including Wi-Fi access, Smart Board Technology, Dracut High School Schematic Design-006 Page 1
enhanced data port /power port access in and effort to strengthen the curriculum. These will provide a platform for state-of-the-art instruction. Another key component to this proposed redesign are the High Performance Building Technologies being employed throughout the school. These technologies include the exterior envelop, enhanced day-lighting features, and improved fresh air just to name a few that will dramatically improve the overall learning environment necessary to improve test scores and simultaneously reduce the operations cost to the district. Program Activities Through career-oriented, web-based instruction, students will be increasingly asked to apply their learning in real life applications. Students are increasingly being asked not only to read, reflect and report on their findings, but also to research and connect to vast amounts of data and many information outlets. They are being asked to synthesize and analyze information into reports using varied analytical instruments and to present this information in multimedia presentations as seen in the business world today. The future vision of Dracut High School includes enhancements in early childhood education, rigor and integration of academics at all levels, the arts, guidance, science, athletics and more. The additions and renovations in the high school will enable upgrades that will have a significant impact on daily life at the high school. Further expanding on our inclusion model we seek to make the improvements in general services available to the entire student body. Integrated adaptive physical education will continue to be embedded into our daily practice. We expect that these improvements will enhance performance for all students. Architectural Character/Desired Visual The Existing school ‘s character is reminiscent of the One-story curtain wall schools of the 1950’s and 1960’s era school buildings. Additions have been placed onto the school in the late 1990’s and aesthetically the Architect attempted to respect the scale of the existing school. Architectural Elements like the horizontal banding at the additions and the roof Fascia and heights at the existing school where consistent. The newer additions are aesthetically different than the original building. The newer facades used punched opens at windows as apposed to curtain wall system in the original building. The additions employed multiple brick colors and coursings on the façade. The lower half would be a dark brick up to the windowsill. It would then change in color to a lighter brick that matched the existing school brick. Yellow brick would be used for banding above heads of windows and at window heads, and cornices. Other elements where used from the original design such as the arch from the existing gymnasium. This barrel vault roof was employed at all new entries for its canopy roof shapes. These features created a play-full façade at Library, science wing, and areas where curtain wall systems were replaced with punched openings . The new school facility will be replacing the existing curtain wall with new insulated systems. At the new building additions, characteristics and elements of the 1990’s additions will carry over into the additions. There will be differences that will be employed both from an aesthetic and functional perspective. Green features such day lighting control measures will be employed on the new façade, which will help, reduce the scale of the two story additions. The use of the same brick size and colors from the 1990’s will also help to make the new additions blend into the over all aesthetic in an attempt to have the entire facility appear to have been completed with one overarching design. Enhancements to the main entry canopy and entry will be incorporated such as over-framing pitched roof. Dracut High School Schematic Design-006 Page 2
Instructional Technology The entire facility will be outfitted with Technology infrastructure. All classrooms will data and power ports for computers for both the Students and Teachers. The more intensive spaces such as the Technology, computer rooms, Foreign Language Labe will have more Technology in all have WI-FI. All classrooms spaces will be outfitted with the infrastructure for Projectors and Smart boards. Larger Teaching spaces will also outfitted with Enhanced sound field systems. For a more detailed description of scope intent, see section 13 Technology Building systems description.
Updated Space Summary See following updated space summary in this section. For net and gross areas for spaces see appendix iv Preferred Schematic Design Option One C 30x42 Sheet. Focal Point
The Entry to the school will also be modernized and made to be more inviting and prominent thru the use of nonlinear shape. It will be circular I shape, made of masonry with windows and punched opening. The entry will be of a monolithic masonry material different than the abutting masonry and will be elevate roof from the adjacent faรงades to invoke main entry. It will also have a standing seam pitched roof and will be a focal point to the new facility. Functional Relationship and Adjacencies The classroom spaces can be separated and locked down from all public spaces, such as the Library, Gymnasium, and the Auditorium. In additions, Classroom spaces are generally interchangeable except for the specialized spaces. Classroom spaces that are supportive to that specialized spaces are generally adjacent to or near the specialty space. Other classroom spaces such as the special education classrooms are dispersed throughout the school and integrated. Classroom spaces that need to be in a quite area have been strategically located on secondary corridors such as the Alternate Classrooms. Space where noise is an issue such as the Band, Choral, and Stagecraft are placed with storage rooms between the noisy space and adjacent spaces or they are away from other spaces separated by corridors. The Gymnasium space and Integrated Adaptive P.E. space are spaces that tend to be loud and are separated from all other teaching spaces by corridors. The Library, Auditorium, and Gymnasium are used during and after school hours. These spaces have been located in such a manner that they can be separated and controlled without the need to open the entire school. Additionally, the support spaces such as the locker rooms, green rooms, bathrooms, and lobbies are all adjacent to the main space.
Security and Visual
After school activities can be sections off and controlled from for security purposes when necessary. The school has a secondary entry off a new parking area adjacent to the gymnasium wing for use after school. This allows the school to be controlled without opening the entire school to the public. Similarly the new Auditorium can be Dracut High School Schematic Design-006 Page 3
separated from the classrooms wings to allow for localized control of that area. Administrative and maintenance Staff spaces are dispersed though out the school corridors to have visual control of corridors. A security system will be provided function with the use of motion sensors at grade level spaces, cameras inside in corridors and outside around the full perimeter of the school, and with door contact at exterior doors. Furthermore, parking lot lighting will be used at all walkways and parking areas to provide adequate security lighting at night.
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