Academic & Health Center, Hillside School
Baer Architectural Group, Inc.
265 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
Location: Marlborough, Massachusetts
Date Bid: May 2007
Construction Period: June 2007 to Mar 2008
Total Square Feet: 34,000 Site: 3-acres project site on a
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor new, 16,000; first floor renovation,
18,000; total, 34,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’3”; total, 16’3”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Concrete, structural steel. Exterior Walls:
Brick. Roof: EPDM. Floors: Rubber flooring, carpet, ceramic tile,
VCT. Interior Walls: Gypsum.
Structural Engineer: Johnson Structural Engineering, Inc. - 30
Faith Avenue, Auburn MA 01501
General Contractor: Erland Construction Company, Inc. - 83 Second
Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
Electrical Engineer: Shepherd Engineering, Inc. - 1308 Grafton
Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Mechanical Engineer: Seaman Engineering Corporation - 30 Faith
Avenue, Auburn, MA 01501
The Hillside Academic and Health Center (AHC) is the largest capital
improvement stemming from a comprehensive campus master plan. It serves
to grow and enhance the academic spaces for the growing Hillside
community and provide an improved home for academics, arts, and
athletics while incorporating and fostering the school's mission to help
students develop academically, physically, spiritually, morally, and
socially while building their confidence and maturity.
The goal of creating a "green" academic building was a clear imperative
from the start of the project. Hillside curriculum teaches students to
be stewards of the environment; the sustainable design of the AHC
supports this educational principle while benefiting from the cost
savings associated with sustainable energy usage recovery and management
Baer Architecture Group's role was to create a facility which, through
addition to and renovation of the existing space (Stevens Hall), doubled
the number of academic classrooms in the building, created an enhanced
infirmary, a small studio apartment for the on-call nurse, a fitness
center/weight room, and a multi-purpose/wrestling room along with giving
the students a protected outdoor space adjacent to the classrooms.
Stevens Hall, originally built in the early 1950's, was in dire need of
life safety and finish updates. Part of the scope of work for this
project was to introduce a sprinkler system throughout the new and
existing buildings and update the fire alarm throughout the existing
building. In order to better the energy efficiency in Stevens Hall, the
original steel-framed, single-glazed storefront was removed and the same
system used in the new addition was installed.
The exterior design solutions needed to be aesthetically consistent with
the existing building, yet meet the goal of improved energy efficiency.
Because the existing academic building had a brick pier exterior with an
inefficient single-pane steel curtain-wall, the challenge was to mimic
the detailing and aesthetics while improving energy-efficiency and
functionality. To achieve this, a similar water-struck face brick was
used, zinc metal panels, a highly efficient aluminum storefront system,
and low-e glass in five different color types to help reduce the amount
of solar heat gain and glare in the classroom spaces. Roofing was a
white EPDM membrane.
The interior of the building was organized around two main circulation
spines. Connecting the existing building to the Academic and Health
Center is a space entitled the Student Commons. This space organizes the
main public spaces within the AHC, those being the
multi-purpose/wrestling room and the flex room. The Student Common is
used by the community for program functions, fundraising events, and
student gatherings. To the east of the commons are the self-contained
classrooms, serving the fifth and sixth grades. To the west of the
commons are three general purpose classrooms, and the three state-of-the
art science classrooms and laboratories. Located at the western edge of
the center are a series of offices, and the health center. The center
houses six general beds, and four quarantine rooms.
The interior design used recycled rubber flooring products (100%
post-consumer, 50% post-industrial waste) in the community spaces,
corridors, wrestling room, and fitness center, and low-VOC paints
throughout. All of the finished wood products were rift-sawn Hickory;
supplied by a friend of the school. The HVAC system is an
energy-efficient system of water-source heat pumps coupled with a
standing column geothermal system. There is an estimated 18-month
payback period for the client on the installation of the system.
The project was completed on schedule and within budget, and provides
the Hillside Community with an expanded facility to foster the academic,
social, physical, and environmental initiatives to enrich the lives of
DIV. 4: Brick:
Belden Brick Company.
DIV. 7: EPDM: Carlisle; Metal Panels: Rheinzink.
DIV. 8: Aluminum Storefront, Curtainwall & Windows: EFCO
DIV. 9: Rubber Flooring: EcoSurfaces; Carpet: Blue Ridge; Tile:
American Olean; VCT: Stonescape by Estrie, Inc.