HMFH Architects

Dover High School & Regional Career Technical Center

Dover, NH

The vision for a new Dover High School, as articulated by teachers, administrators, students, and community members, was a fully integrated high school & Regional Career Technical Center that facilitates a broad range of educational delivery methods and inspires hands-on exploration and learning. This high school operates as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment blending academic, career, and technical education.

Designing a career & technical education center to meet critical functional needs, future technology, and industry standards is a complex undertaking. HMFH’s expertise in bringing us creative solutions that both achieved our immediate goals as well as preparing us for the future was astounding.

Louise Paradis Former Director, Career and Technical Education Center
  • Grades 9-12
  • Students 1,500
  • Size 310,000 ft2

When students and community members enter the school, they arrive at the Town Square, a central dining commons that acts as the heart of the school and unifies core spaces including the gym, auditorium, and publicly focused CTE spaces, from culinary arts to cosmetology. Career tech programs are also fully integrated into the academic wings and visible so that students are engaged and immersed in a culture of making: alongside science classrooms are spaces for pre-engineering and biotechnology; art classrooms abut woodworking and building technology programs; academic spaces are adjacent to marketing and business CTC classrooms. Along with classroom and specialized learning spaces, each wing contains a Learning Commons with social spaces and student-centered learning nodes. The design reflects the idea of a “future proof” school, one that is truly flexible and can be re-organized by department, grade levels, or subject while maintaining equal access to the CTE and social spaces.

View All Projects