Specialized Design for Vocational Training School

Minuteman Career & Technical High School


When more than 600 students headed back to the classroom at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington, Massachusetts, they were in for an exciting experience. They walked through the doors of a new, 257,000-square-foot school designed for learning in two career academies — one emphasizing engineering construction and trades, the other focused on life sciences and services — while integrating academic curriculum and other shared programs. Built on a 66-acre campus, the MSBA-funded project creates a safe, modern facility designed to provide powerful career and technical education and robust academics.

With so the many programs housed under one roof come many more types of engineering systems than you’ll find in a traditional high school. For example, Minuteman required 17 separate HVAC systems, including specialized exhaust/recirculating air systems for welding, painting, cosmetology and carpentry; dust removal systems for wood and metal; science labs, culinary arts and cafeteria. There are also six different kinds of fan equipment and nine types of smaller, zone-based, terminal equipment.

BVH works to both reduce energy demand and maximize efficiency through system design, while working with the building architect to ensure coherence with design strategies aimed at the same goals. Minuteman is designed to meet LEED Gold standards and includes 400 KW of photovoltaic system to reduce the incoming electrical usage.


Kaestle Boos Associates

Size / Cost

257,000 SF / $145 million


electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, technology