At the forefront of Industry 4.0 education, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School prepares students for a future with smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. Although a leading educational program, it is constrained by a building constructed in 1968 during a different Career and Technical Education (CTE) era which is outdated, disorganized, and an undersized facility.
Kaestle Boos was commissioned by the District to conduct a feasibility study to review and identify potential long term solutions. Multiple solutions, including renovation, renovation & addition, and new construction were developed and reviewed for their ability to provide a learning environment to support the Industry 4.0 educational program. Ultimately it was determined that a new facility would be able to provide the necessary learning environment and is the most fiscally responsible option for the member communities.
The proposed new facility is designed to be an academic incubator, a key goal developed early in the educational visioning by the District. The school will service 1,500 students, provide 19 DESE Chapter 74 programs, and not only be a collaborative academically but also provide opportunities for collaboration between the academic and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
To facilitate collaboration, the proposed building is organized around a vertical spine. The spine connects a collaborative trade hall wing, the student commons, and an academic innovation lab. The proposed building will also act as a teaching tool by exposing building mechanical systems, utilities, and structural systems rather than hiding them within its walls. The proposed building also takes advantage of the sites elevation changes to provide a compact, high performance, and highly efficient envelope with a geothermal heating/cooling system projected to exceed the current energy code by over 20%.
Currently under design, the proposed new facility is anticipated to begin construction in 2023.