Biddeford High School

Addition and Renovations

Biddeford, Maine

Originally built in 1961 with an addition in 1971, this school has changed very little even though the educational program needs have changed dramatically over the years.

To help meet the school’s needs of the 21st century, a thorough analysis of educational and physical plant needs determined that major renovations, along with two additions, were needed. A conceptual design was developed to incorporate those changes.

A two-story addition wing includes a new administrative wing, a new accessible security entrance and a new library available to the public after hours, allowing the rest of the building to be secured.

All existing classrooms and science labs were renovated with new technology, lighting and mechanical systems. A fine arts wing organizes art, music, and drama programs into one area centered around a “Little Theater” that can also be used as a much-needed lecture hall. Expansion and renovation of the cafeteria and kitchen and addition of new women’s locker rooms on the main floor were also included.

The energy efficiency measures included replacing original windows and curtainwall system, adding roof insulation, installing lighting controls and adding a displacement ventilation system.

Photography by JS Photography