Winsor, MA – With a new school year just around the corner, RDK Engineers is busy finishing commissioning for the Winsor School’s Centers for Performing Arts and Wellness.
The Winsor School is an independent day school that provides girls between 5th and 12th grade with an educational experience valuing leadership, exploration, and creativity.
The new six-story building, the Lubin-O’Donnell Center (LOC), consists of 144,000sf of space and includes a new performing arts center and an athletic facility.
RDK’s commissioning services, led by project manager, Mike Papagni, PE, performed under the LEED-NC guidelines, included mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems that served the diverse spaces throughout the new building: performing arts spaces for theater, dance, and music; wellness spaces that include squash courts, a cardio/fitness room, a multipurpose exercise room, and athletic staff offices.
The 510-seat, two-level theater makes it possible for students to have complete autonomy with their productions: From hosting performances to gaining personal experience in the new scene and costume shops, to taking advantage of a fly loft and full catwalk system, the theater provides significant possibilities for growth and learning.
RDK will also be commissioning the M/E/P systems serving the academic wing, that is currently under renovation. Upon completion of the wing construction, the new LOC will be connected to the existing academic buildings.
The project also values efficiency and sustainability. A central mechanical plant that will eventually power the existing buildings has been spaced for future build-out. The project is currently targeted to achieve LEED Silver certification.