“People who weren’t familiar with Westwood High School before the renovations don’t realize just how different the space is now—they just see a modern and usable school. The existing campus was truly transformed, which is all the more remarkable because the work occurred while school was going on.”

Rebecca Donald, Area Superintendent of Westwood Learning Community

O’Connell Robertson was hired to master plan and design a multi-phased solution to renovate and expand the 30-year-old Westwood High School. The project required maximizing available bond funds at each phase to relieve the overcrowded campus through a reorganization, renovation and expansion on the 283,000 SF, 27-acre site, supporting 2,600 students.

Design solutions at every phase were guided by the District’s educational specifications as well as campus and community input. The first two phases added 80,000 SF, created a more secure main entrance, and upgraded the MEP systems to provide a more energy-efficient campus.

Phase I added 9 teaching spaces, improved the Life Skills suite, and provided athletics upgrades. Phase II included a 20,000 SF physical education addition, and expansions to the cafeteria and library. Phase III renovations involved approximately 87,000 SF of interior renovations and classroom expansions to support special education, STEM, and CATE programs, including a health science lab, robotics, biomedical engineering, computer sciences, media & TV.

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