Doherty Memorial High School Breaks Ground

On November 3, 2021 Fontaine+Dimeo along with city and state officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Doherty Memorial High School project in Worcester, the largest project in the City’s history! WPS Superintendent, Maureen Binienda said “The new Doherty will offer many new opportunities for its students. The programs and the designs are developed to meet the community goals that were built on several visioning sessions that all of us attended”.

The Doherty Memorial High School is a 422,000 SF new state-of-the-art high school with a projected construction budget of $240 million. Fontaine is pleased to serve the City of Worcester again on such an impactful project and for the continued partnership with such a great client. The Doherty project is the first public project being delivered under the City of Worcester’s new construction diversity program. The project is off to a strong start and our team is very excited to ensure opportunities for Worcester residents and historically underrepresented groups.

The Doherty project is also a reflection of the community’s commitment to sustainability. This project will be built to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels by using a HVAC and Solar PV design. John Odell the Energy and Asset Director shared with us, “After a careful review, the selected power systems (HVAC and solar PV), coupled with a superior envelope design will result in a better than net-zero facility. This means that the building is designed not only be carbon neutral, but to be carbon negative – the first municipal building in the city to achieve this distinction.”


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