Tantasqua Regional Technical High School
Sturbridge, MA


The design challenge was to configure this large, comprehensive high school within the only buildable area on the rural site- an odd-shaped, irregularly sloping piece of land bordered by wetlands, athletic fields.  Additionally, the existing high school that would remain in operation until the new construction was complete. The sprawling complex is organized around a curved circulation spine that negotiates the terrain, including the 25-foot vertical grade change.  With close proximity to wetlands, retaining walls were used to maintain the natural vegetation including an on-site pond - used as amenity and part of the storm water management.

The circulation spine organizes all of the major program elements.  Each major space in the school is accessed directly from this spine including: pool, field house, auditorium, cafeteria, library and classroom wings.

The career/technical spaces were strategically placed adjacent to one another providing multiple learning environments.


New Construction
292,800 SF 
$52.3 million Project Cost

Principals in Charge:

Carl R. Franceschi, AIA, LEED
James A. Barrett, AIA, LEED


Vocational Programs:

Allied Health
Computer Technology
Culinary Arts
Electrical Technology
Machine Technology

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Waltham, MA 02451
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South Windsor, CT 06074
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