Holyoke Public Middle Schools

Holyoke, MA

Holyoke proposes to construct two new middle schools of roughly 106,000sf each to assure every middle school student in the city placement in a 21st century school.  The two new schools will reduce overcrowding in existing K-8 schools and will replace three older schools that have been costly to maintain.

The proposed middle schools will be efficient, L-shaped buildings overlooking south-facing terraces with new playing courts and park-like features.  The first floor will support flexibly designed media, music and workshop spaces that open onto a central learning commons.  The three grade levels above are organized into academic communities supported by project areas, breakout rooms, de-escalation spaces and academic coaching offices.

In response to a regional shortage of natural gas, the design will implement all-electric variable refrigerant heating and cooling systems. To provide a healthy and inspiring indoor learning environment, the buildings will be built with carbon sequestering cross laminated timber horizontal framing and will incorporate many unique green features.

Voters go to the polls on November 5th to approve a debt exclusion bond to pay roughly 56M for the two new schools. The MSBA has offered a grant of 76M towards the project.