South Portland High School

Addition and Renovations

South Portland, Maine

Harriman was commissioned to study options to renovate and expand the high school, a neighborhood landmark for over 50 years, which consists of several additions from the 1950s through the mid-1990s.

The facility was in need of improvements to bring the school up to current educational and safety standards. Initial tasks included evaluation of the existing educational programs as compared to current state standards, site analysis, traffic, existing building systems, security, life safety and ADA codes, storm water, and subsurface conditions.

Several design schemes for building and site improvements were presented and refined, with the goal of presenting the voters with a single scheme that was the most cost-effective solution and best addressed the community’s long-term educational needs.

The new and renovated High School included demolition of portions of the existing building and significant additions to the remaining building. The site work included relocated tennis courts, reoriented and reconstructed sports fields, a new in-ground sports field irrigation system, new and renovated parking lots, new separated bus and parent drop off areas along two sides of the school, and several landscaped pedestrian walks and plazas with decorative retaining walls. The major changes to the existing site required campus-wide storm water design and treatment systems.

The furniture selection for the school was based on timeless style and flexibility to allow multiple layouts and configurations based on teaching style. Special emphasis was made on the physical considerations of a high school student’s need for mental and physical ergonomics.

Photography by Blind Dog Photography