Edward Little High School

Auburn, Maine

The new Edward Little High School replaces the existing 1950s school building. It provides 280,000-sq. ft. of 21st century learning spaces,
integrated Career Technical Programs, 1,200 seat auditorium and a full complement of athletic fields. The school will serve as a Satellite Career Technical Center to the neighboring Lewiston Regional Technical Center. This partnership allows Auburn to integrate a variety of programs such as Culinary arts, Cosmetology, Industrial Manufacturing and Early Childhood Education into the building creating synergies between a variety of staff and students.

The design process included a series of educational visioning and programming sessions lead by Harriman and New Vista that resulted in a set of guiding principles and design patterns that supported the current and aspirational educational goals of the Auburn community.

The New ELHS Guiding Principles:
Real World Connections and Relevance
Interdisciplinary Instruction
Project-Based Learning
Pathways (STEAM)
College and Career Ready
Community Resource
Flexibility and Adaptability
Identity, Pride, Ownership
Celebrates Learning
Outdoor Connections

Design Patterns:
Flexible “Dining” Space
Welcoming Entry
Classroom Neighborhoods
Visible Learning
Gathering Hubs
Professional Work Areas
Greeting and Gatekeeping
Collaborative Spaces
Vocational Tech Spaces
Flexible Classrooms
Branding and Identity
Building as Teacher

The foundational elements enable us create a community school that reflected the communities’ shared vision for a “new safe, collaborative, vibrant learning community that is welcoming to all. A place where all learners build aspirations, strive for excellence, and develop agency, personal and interpersonal skills that fosters individual success and enhances the community. A dynamic and flexible state-of-the-art community hub that fosters experienced-based learning.”