New Construction

Massachusetts Charter School Breaks Ground on New Academic Building

The Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, Mass., recently broke ground on a new 17,000-square-foot academic building, according to a news release. The facility will offer additional classroom and science lab space for the campus, which serves students in grades 6–12. The school partnered with Finegold Alexander Architects for the building’s design.

The public charter school currently owns and occupies a three-building space formerly used as an office park. The new academic facility has been designed to more closely support the school’s accelerated academic program. Phase one of the project includes both the new facility and a redesign of parking and circulation areas to improve pick-ups and drop-offs.

Rendering courtesy of Finegold Alexander Architects

“We are excited to embark on this significant partnership with AMSA to creatively address the design challenges that the school is currently facing,” said Finegold Alexander Principal and K–12 studio leader Regan Shields Ives.

According to a school news release, the new building will alleviate classroom space restrictions and feature state-of-the-art classroom technology and lab equipment. The project will also include grading for a future multipurpose events facility and gymnasium that will stand next to the academic building.

Funding for the project comes from a combination of school equity ($4 million), a tax-exempt bond ($24 million), and philanthropy ($2 million).

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