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Winthrop Middle / High School

Gilbane employs cutting-edge construction methods while balancing costs and ensuring the safety of the surrounding community.

Building a new 21st Century Building for Winthrop’s Middle and High School Students

Gilbane provided CM at-Risk services for a new middle/high school serving approximately 970 students in grades six through twelve. The program encompassed the demolition of the existing high school and a single-phased construction plan. Organized to support interdisciplinary team teaching, classrooms in both wings are supplemented with project areas just outside classroom doors that can be utilized as withdrawal space for individual support, interdepartmental planning or small group collaboration. Shared core facilities including the gymnasium, library, auditorium and black box theater comprise the space between two L-shaped academic wings that house the middle and high school classrooms.   The new building encompasses vocational technical spaces including a vocational tech fabrication lab, culinary arts café, pre-school lab, state-of-the-art science labs and performing arts spaces.

Two unique elements of this project were the use of a ground improvement method known as Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP) to improve soil strength and quality and Lightwell cones. The RAP system reinforces the soil using crushed stone to enhance foundational support, ensuring the safety and stability of the structures. The Lightwell cones funnel daylight to the interior floor of the building and each school utilizes the cones as project areas for group learning.

Two unique elements of this project were the use of a ground improvement method known as Rammed Aggregate Piers (RAP) to improve soil strength and quality and Lightwell cones. The RAP system reinforces the soil using crushed stone to enhance foundational support, ensuring the safety and stability of the structures. The Lightwell cones funnel daylight to the interior floor of the building and each school utilizes the cones as project areas for group learning.