Dupont Middle School

Chicopee, MA

Location: Chicopee, MA
Architect: Caolo & Bienek Associates
Size: 173,000 sf
Cost: $39 million
Scope of Services: Renovation
Services: Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection

CES provided complete mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering design services for this comprehensive, $39 million dollar renovation project that converted the historic old Chicopee High School Building into a vibrant new learning environment for the Dupont Middle School students. Included in this project were upgraded ME/FP systems, ADA code improvements, renovations to computer labs, classrooms, and a new kitchen and cafeteria to serve 700 students.

This comprehensive renovation project turned the 90-year-old high school into a space for about 700 six, seven and eighth-graders. The cafeteria is now located in a spot once used for locker rooms. The main office has been converted into a music room and a television studio and every classroom is wired with technology that barely existed 20 years ago. Also on the first floor is a new room for technical education, or pre-engineering, classes and new computer labs are better designed so the teacher can instruct students with a Smartboard while they are working on computers. Each grade level has its own science laboratory and one “dirty lab” complete with a fume hood, sinks and a dishwasher for the glassware is set up on the second floor for science teachers to use for experiments with different chemicals.