HMFH Architects

Chelsea High School

Chelsea, MA

Following the success of HMFH’s Elementary and Middle Schools in Chelsea, MA, the city called on HMFH to improve its existing and relatively new high school.

  • Grades 9-12
  • Students 1,500
  • Size 240,000 ft2

When it was originally completed in 1996, the building was designed for 1,000 students in grades 9-12 and was organized around a house system. With a surge in the 9-12 population and abandonment of the house system in favor of a departmental organization of the school, the client needed a larger, more flexible facility.

HMFH’s design includes a four-story addition, as well as renovation and repartitioning in the existing building to make the former house layout more flexible and better able to meet the high school’s program needs. The 85,000 sf addition increases the school to 240,000 sf, accommodating a total student population of 1,500. It includes general classrooms, four new science laboratories, a multi-purpose room, and a relocated Main Office.

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