Proposed Southbridge Middle / High School
The proposed building is located on a Town owned parcel of land off of Torrey Road. The development of the site will include the new school along with an access road, parking and athletic fields. The design currently calls for 3 multi-purpose fields for soccer, field hockey and lacrosse as well as a soft ball and baseball field. There are also three tennis courts proposed for the site.
The possibility of building a new football field at the site is being investigated but a decision to continue the football program at its current home, McMahon Memorial Field, is also very possible.
The project will include improvements to Torrey Road for improved vehicular access to the site. Some of the project utilities will be routed down the hill from the site to the town’s waste water treatment plant.
The proposed school will be approximately 200,000 Square Feet on three floors and will house grades 6 through 12. The proposed design capacity for the facility is 1,050 students. The school is organized to have two entrances, one for middle school students and one for high school students. There will be separate administration areas for the middle and high school and each school will have its own principal and administrative staff.
Large spaces that will be used by the public including the gym, auditorium and cafeteria are located close to the entrances and to the parking area to allow for community use of the building after hours. The new auditorium accommodates an audience of 650 people and the gym allows for 500 spectators for a game or two practice basketball courts when the bleachers are closed.
The new school will have two distinct and separate classroom wings to house grades 6-8 and 9-12 in different locations. The middle school is located on three floors with each grade having its own floor. The high school is located on the two upper floors in a dedicated high school wing. Core curriculum spaces will be shared by all students including art, music, drama, vocational technology and computer classrooms. A shared library media center will be located between the middle school and the high school classroom wings.
The building will include sustainable features such as superior energy performance due to high efficiency boilers and sophisticated controls for heat and lighting, reduced water use through the installation of low flow plumbing fixtures and the use of recycled and renewable building materials.