Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Springfield, MA

Hear what Director of Capital Asset Construction Rita Coppola-Wallace has to say about DRA:



The existing facility, constructed in 1939 and added to at several stages in its history, no longer served the educational needs of today’s career and technical students. Furthermore, after our existing conditions assessment, it became apparent that an entirely new facility would be the most cost effective and best accommodate the desired educational goals.  Due to limited swing space and the lack of relocation options however, our team determined that construction had to occur within the existing site while the school remained in operation.

To create smaller learning communities, the school’s 1,400 students are organized into four academies: a freshman academy and 3 career academies. Unlike traditional vocational schools, each career academy in Putnam features its own academic classrooms along with their dedicated shops. Additionally, there are separate administration, resource and teacher work areas to foster collaboration among instructors and students.

The main feature of the design is “Putnam Hall,” a two story, main street-like space serving as the central circulation.  This main street provides access not only to the core student spaces such as the cafeteria, gym and library, but also serves as a mall for the public to access student-run services such as a restaurant, beauty salon, school store and conference center. The building is configured to allow for after-hours community access to all of these programs. 


New Construction
315,000 SF 
$87 million Construction Cost Estimate

Principal in Charge:

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA, LEED

Project Manager:

Vladimir Lyubetsky, MCPPO

Interior Designer:

Ann Marie Procopio, IIDA, NCIDQ


Vocational Programs:

Automotive technology
Automotive collision
Sheet Metal Fabrication
Culinary arts
Health technology
Medical technology
Hospitality & Tourism
Horticulture, Arborculture & Landscaping
Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Information Systems Networking
Office technology
Computer Aided Drafting & Design
Radio and TV Broadcasting
Machine Technology
Robotics & Automation

To learn more about this project, services provided, and our Career and Technical Education practice, please email us:

Massachusetts Studio
235 Bear Hill Road, Fourth Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
T. 617.964.1700
F. 617.964.1701

Connecticut Studio
225 Oakland Road, Studio 205
South Windsor, CT 06074
T. 860.644.8300
F. 860.644.8301


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