HMFH Architects

Bristol County Agricultural High School

Construction is underway at Bristol County Agricultural High School, bringing the vision for the school’s new innovative spaces to life and prepping for a complete opening in winter 2021.

As construction on campus continues, some facilities have already opened their doors to students, showcasing Bristol Aggie’s new state-of-the-art learning spaces. One of the first being the Center for Science and Environment, a large brick structure at the heart of the campus that functions as a living learning lab with green roofs and flexible classrooms as well as specialized lab spaces for carpentry, welding, arbor landscape design, and active animal rehabilitation. Gilbert Hall, an existing building undergoing renovation to accommodate academic and design labs, has also begun the transition to occupancy, hosting interactive lessons in the new climbing lab. Other notable buildings on campus include the new Student Commons and Dairy Barn which are set to open spring of 2020 and fall of 2021 respectively.

“Today was the first time that I used our indoor climbing structure and….. IT WAS AWESOME! This was a huge success and I want to thank HMFH for all of their efforts to make this possible.”

– Seth Cook, Teacher

The design for the new and renovated high school campus is a reflection of the culture at Bristol Aggie, a unique school that promotes immersive, hands-on learning. The campus is the classroom and the site is an arboretum; sustainable elements encourage conversations about carbon and land use, and students are given the responsibility of maintaining the campus grounds. While the school’s previous layout maintained a division between academic and vocational spaces, the new organization integrates the different programs and encourages movement between the North and South campuses along a vibrant pedestrian spine.

Bristol Aggie maintains high standards for sustainability. Systems such as solar panels and green roofs are highly visible and integrated within campus, encouraging student interest and involvement in the latest sustainable technologies. Each building on campus achieves distinct sustainability goals developed through close collaboration with students, educators, and community members; the Center for Science and the Environment is designed to LEED Gold standards, the renovations to Gilbert Hall target LEED Silver, the Dairy Barn will be built net-zero ready, and the exposed glue laminated timber structure of the new Student Commons will serve as a low-carbon, high-performance construction alternative.

Sited on the banks of the Taunton River, the new design prioritizes water conservation methods throughout the campus. A dry bed outside of the Center for Science and the Environment will collect stormwater runoff to irrigate the landscape and care for campus greenery, while eight composting toilets inside the CSE also help to cut down on water usage. Despite the addition of three new buildings on campus, the new water conservation methods reduce overall water usage by 40%.