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‘Future-Ready’ High School Opens in Billerica

| September 9, 2019

Billerica, MA – The new Billerica Memorial High School is now open, a sign of the town’s reaffirmed commitment to educating its students in an innovative, healthy, and flexible environment.

The project is the result of a partnership between the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the town of Billerica, design firm Perkins and Will, construction manager Shawmut Design and Construction, and project manager Leftfield.

 State-of-the-Art Learning

The design of the new school supports Billerica’s diverse and forward-looking educational program through a flexible planning and design approach. Highly specialized areas like the auditorium and STEAM spaces are complemented by agile classrooms and informal learning areas that can be easily modified to meet different user needs.

The high school serves more than 1,600 students in grades 8-12 and houses a 200-student Pre-K program.

Community Effort, Community Space

Designed to function, in part, as a community center, the new Billerica Memorial High School can accommodate town-wide events in its gymnasium, auditorium, and dining commons. Additionally, site improvements will continue through the 2019-20 school year, resulting in an athletic complex, bike and walking paths, and a quad-style civic green. When complete, the new high school and surrounding site will be a vibrant town center, offering ample spaces for the entire community to gather and connect.

The school’s new brand identity, also designed by Perkins and Will, represents the town of Billerica’s values with the theme of “Reflection with Direction: Honoring the Past, Aiming for the Future.”

Building Design and Craftsmanship

The new school building reflects Billerica’s heritage as a New England mill town while contributing a forward-thinking architecture and materiality to its surroundings.

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