Wells High School
Student Centered Learning Environment through renovations and additions
High Schools & Technical Centers
The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District hired Lavallee Brensinger to transform their high school facility into a team teaching, student-centered learning environment. The design solution takes full advantage of existing athletic and performance space, and creates new academic space that fully integrates their shift in pedagogy towards a proficiency-based curriculum, supporting each studentâ€™s individual learning plan.
A new student commons supports the student storage and informal learning needs, while also becoming the student living room where mentoring peer learning can coexist. The creation of a learning commons combines dining and library services to maximize the use of space and allow students to take advantage of the loud library experience where interactive and high-tech collaboration is encouraged.
The fully air-conditioned design includes new classrooms and lab spaces designed as project studios, providing flexibility and multi-discipline collaboration within a STEAM environment that teams Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math curricula.
Wells High School is the first publically funded K-12 school to be recognized as a Maine Advanced Building. Efficiency Maine’s initiative for Maine Advanced Building follows the Tier 2 prescriptive energy-saving measures of the New Building Institutes Core Performance Guide. After one year of operation, these measures proved an energy-savings greater than 30% beyond code and an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of 37. Â The New Building Institute Guide is Â the foundation for Green Building Protocols such as LEED, CHPs and other third party sustainable building programs.