Kennebunk High School

750-Student School, Addition and Renovations

Kennebunk, Maine

Harriman renovated the historic 1939 Kennebunk High School building and then added 121,000 sq. ft. of additional high performance learning space. Renovation included the existing competition gymnasium, new support spaces and a 25-yard seven lane competition swimming pool with balcony seating and locker room facilities. The project incorporated state of the art infrastructure, new science labs, STEM and technology labs, a new second gym, cafeteria, administrative offices, and library/learning commons. The two story classroom wing wraps around a courtyard providing a clear circulation loop. The school incorporates many sustainable design features such as radiant slabs, daylight harvesting, solar thermal and vertical displacement diffusers. The plan provides a high level of security and flexibility for after-hours community use of the facility.


This new complex has a full complement of competition quality playfields featuring an 8-lane broken back track with grandstands and a turf infield. The fields are linked with a network of metered cross country trails. Parking is conveniently clustered amongst the various fields and adjacent to the high school.

Meeting often with the school district administrative and athletic personnel, and other local stakeholder groups, Harriman developed several options of relocation and reconstruction of the drives, parking and a full complement of athletic fields. Important facilities of vehicular traffic, pedestrian walks, adjacent parking, support structures, bleachers, site lighting, and irrigation were planned.

Harriman civil engineers worked closely with Town engineering and planning staff to evaluate optimum driveway, parking, and stormwater designs that benefited neighboring homes; and provided all documentation for State DEP and Town Site Plan Review permits.

Kennebunk High School architectural plan

• New and renovated parking lots
• Site required campus-wide storm water design and multiple above-and-below-ground treatment systems.
• Stormwater and environmental permitting through Town and State DEP.
• Relocated reoriented and reconstructed sports fields.
• New seperated bus and parent drop off areas.
• Site exterior lighting, parking lot paving and striping / paved loading areas.
• New underground electric utility design and installation.
• New tennis courts with adjacent storm water treatment basin.