Somerville High School Renovation & Expansion | 81 Highland Ave | Somerville

DZH22

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Pointed this out to my gf as we drove by. She was shocked by how huge it is! "That's a SCHOOL?!?!?!"
 

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In 30 years, we're going to think this new building looks just as stupid as the 80s addition did to us now.

Also, why are the windows so small?
 

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In 30 years, we're going to think this new building looks just as stupid as the 80s addition did to us now.

Also, why are the windows so small?
1. Most likely the school will have A/C and no need to open windows in hot weather.
2. More energy efficiency all around, without having to purchase super expensive glazing.
3. The artificial light rather than natural light from the windows will be better for the eyes overall.
4. Less space for kids to look out and day dream.
5. More wall space for whatever tech equipment will be needed per classroom.
6. Nothing to look out at, unless a massive amount of landscaping is in store.
 

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I had higher expectations for this building, Looks like a prison, the decorative bars don't really help. Here's hoping that it'll all make sense when it's finished. Doesn't look like an inviting learning building at all.
 

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The MSBA enforces a kit of parts approach to school design, in exchange for their funding assistance. That’s why you get the very institutional look, if a district doesn’t want to pay for all the extras (a la Newton North).
 

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The MSBA enforces a kit of parts approach to school design, in exchange for their funding assistance. That’s why you get the very institutional look, if a district doesn’t want to pay for all the extras (a la Newton North).
Maybe, but Newton North is still pretty institutional. FWIW, this project is 130% the cost of Newton North, and it's not close to the most expensive U/C or proposed in MA:


Here's the site for the nearly $400M Waltham project, btw:


Newton North is looking like a freaking bargain these days. As a proud Newton South grad, the $56M the City paid to gut renovate/expand my school seems insane for what was basically an all-new facility by the end.

At least MA spends that money on high schools instead of high school football stadiums (or professional ones, for that matter).
 
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