South Shore Regional Vocational

Technical High School


SST is a single-story building, 121,000 square feet, on 35 acres. There are other outbuildings on campus including a ticket booth and press booth near the football field, concession stand, locker room/horticulture shop space, maintenance building, greenhouse and a modular unit containing three small classrooms. There are wetlands on the borders of the property. There is also a septic leaching field in the school’s front yard. The District is in the process of buying 436 Webster Street, an adjacent residential property to use for administrative and operations space and expanded parking.

SST opened in 1962 to students in grades 11-12. By 1964 there was an enrollment of 142 students for five vocational programs: Automotive Repair, Electronics, Auto Body Repair, Machine Shop and Precision Metals. Today, SST has an enrollment of 656 students and a waiting list for the start of the 22-23 school year. SST offers the following Chapter 74 programs: Automotive, Culinary Arts, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Electrical, Graphic Communications/Design & Visual Communications, Computer Information Technology, HVAC-R, Allied Health, Advanced Manufacturing/Electronics (referred to as Manufacturing Engineering Technology), Metal Fabrication/Welding and Horticulture & Landscape Construction. We also offer a full complement of academic courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies and  physical education.

In 1978, a five-room addition was added, which now houses the science department. Another addition was constructed in 1992 that houses eight vocational programs including a restaurant, a beauty salon and a 65 tiered seat lecture hall and library/media center. In 1996, a detached 2,914 square foot garage/storage area was built by the carpentry program. In 2000, a 1,600 square foot, three room modular unit was added outside the building envelope. In 2016-17, a 3,000 square foot maintenance building was constructed by our students and staff. This helped reduce the space issue for storage as cited in a 2013 NEASC report. In 2019, an existing out building was renovated to house the Horticulture and Landscape Construction program. To provide additional educational space, significant amounts of supplies and equipment have been relocated to our outbuildings for storage of school supplies and equipment. One of these storage buildings was renovated in 2019 for the Horticulture & Landscape Construction program and an additional locker room. In 2020 a greenhouse was constructed on campus for additional instructional space for the Horticulture & Landscape Construction program.

Below is an image of the existing condition, as well as some of the initial options that were studied.

As the project continued through the Preferred Schematic Design process, the multiple options and enrollments were eliminated, and the project team entered into Schematic Design with Option NC-2.0 and developed the drawings further. Below are more updated layouts of the current design option.


South Shore Tech’s School Building Committee voted at the December 14th Meeting to proceed with CM-at-Risk procurement for the project. The process was started by submitting a request for approval to the Inspector General’s office and receiving the approval on March 8, 2024. Public advertising for CM firms Pre-Qualifications (RFQ) was done on March 6 with responses due on March 27, followed by Request for Proposals (RFP) from the qualified firms and the interview process on May 9th & 10th. During deliberations on May 10th, Suffolk Construction was ranked as the #1 firm and contract negotiations were started.

While evaluating the options for enrollment and building, the project team has issued estimated Tax Impact Analysis for the different districts. This analysis is provied for comparison purposes ONLY and it will be updated and finalized at the end of schematic design.

A message from Superintendent Tom Hickey
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South Shore Tech, the selected designer, Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA), and the project team are in the midldle stages of the Feasibility Study. The first portion was spent on educational visioning and space planning, and  the first submission to the MSBA known as the PDP (Preliminary Design Program), was submitted in October, 2023. The next step in the feasibility study was the PSR (Preferred Schematic Report) submission, which was submitted in April 2024. After the PSR Submission the project went in front of the MSBA Board of Directors on April 26, 2024 and was formally voted through to proceed into Schematic Design. Following a more in-depth design and site development, the next submission that goes to the MSBA will be the Schematic Design Submission on August 29, 2024.



Whitman Forum

June 8, 2024