Boston – HMFH Architects is completing the design for the new high-rise Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS).
The building is equipped with enhanced air filtering and an innovative fresh air make-up system to ensure clean indoor air quality. The zero-carbon building is fueled entirely with electricity, including the school’s full-service kitchen. Rooftop photovoltaic arrays provide 14% of the power to operate the building. Rooftop outdoor classrooms, learning spaces for music, art and science, advanced air quality systems, a student-grown garden, and a variety of athletic and fitness spaces will help encourage a healthy student experience.
The 650-student, grades 6-12 school will be built on a one-acre site in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. Construction of the 178,000sf, six-story building will start this fall, and will open for the 2024-25 school year. The school is adjacent to the Josiah Quincy Elementary School and within walking distance of several neighborhoods including the South End, Bay Village, Chinatown, Downtown, and the Back Bay.
Funding for the project is by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Turner Construction is the project’s construction manager and Skanska USA Building is the owner’s project manager.