Westwood Alternative High School
Westwood Alternative High School has been developed with programmatic needs specific to Westwood students and staff. The academic wing is oriented to the SW to maximize views of Donkey Creek and includes the following spaces: Business/ Careers, Social Studies, Special Education, (6) General Use Classrooms, and (2) science labs. The northern wing is oriented along an E-W axis and includes the following spaces: Culinary arts, Engraving, Fitness, Child Care, Art, and School Administration. Many of the programs focus on career skills and pathways leading into the Gillette College curriculum. The Student Commons/ Dinning and Library Discovery Center is in an open space in the center of the building serving as a nexus to bring the entire school together in a unified whole.
The exterior design of the Westwood School involves not only the design of the school itself, but the relationship of the school to the Gillette College campus. Gillette College and the DAG group discussed exterior attributes of the existing campus that are critical in the creation of a strong campus vernacular.
The siting of the building responds to the college campus CTE building, the Gillette College Master plan as a whole, as well as immediate site topography, access, pervasive winds, solar exposure and views both to and from the site.