Introducing Wellesley’s new high school. Its 280,000 square feet are designed to educate 1,600 students. Some 459,000 hours of work have resulted in, among other things, the very latest in ventilation, a 700-seat auditorium, and a gym that will allow 1,800 people to occupy it on a rainy graduation day. The new Wellesley High School is lean and green, with a 100,000-gallon rainwater harvesting tank, a green roof above the auditorium, and two 1,500 foot-deep geothermal wells to serve a portion of the school’s heating and cooling needs. Our high school’s new parking lot will hold 350 cars. The outgoing high school’s parking lot held 350 cars, too. The school’s light. It’s bright. My tour companion settled on the adjective, “Magnificent.” Yet it is what it should be, not a monument to overspending (it came in under budget), but a school.
I’m glad I took more pictures than notes. Take a peek at our new high school, open for its first full day of business on Tuesday, Feb, 28.