Burke High School

Burke High School

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Burke High School and Grove Hall Branch Library - Boston, Massachusetts

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The Jeremiah Burke High School is located in Dorchester, Boston's largest and most diverse neighborhood.  The 1934 school has been renovated, and a new wing houses a public library, high school library, community center, and gymnasium. The Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library stretches along the street with a two-story-high glass façade.  Above it is the new school library, connected to below with an open fish-ladder stair.  And at the top of the new wing is the competition-sized school gymnasium, with special floor construction to isolate noise. 

 

Recognition

Combined Community Program Citation, Boston Society of Architects
Award Citation, Boston Society of Architects 

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The Burke is the first new facility to exemplify the mayor’s Community Learning Initiative, a collaborative effort by Boston Public Schools, and the Boston Public Library to promote education and literacy across the city. With a flexible and user-friendly design, Schwartz/Silver has effectively managed circulation and different levels of controlled access between the various programs in the old and new buildings … while maintaining transparency and openness and keeping security concerns at the forefront.
— Beth Broome, Architectural Record
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Collaborators

Structural Engineer: Le Messurier Consultants Inc.
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: SAR Engineering Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Johnson Engineering and Design, Inc. 
Civil Engineering: Nitsch Engineering
Landscape Architect: Geller DeVellis Inc.
Code: Jensen Hughes, Inc.
Acoustics:  Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc.
Preservation Consulting: Preservation Technology Associates, Inc. 
Hazardous Materials Testing: EnviroScience Consultants Inc.
Estimator:  A.M. Fogarty. & Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: W. T. Rich Company
Photographer: © Alan Karchmer / OTTO