CATS is a private preparatory school which has enjoyed success in the UK for many years. BAA was commissioned to design a thriving and coherent campus for CATS Braintree, the first such campus in the United States, to be completed in fall of 2016.
The goal of this $65 million, 300,000 sf flagship campus is to prepare its international student population to attend top-notch colleges in the United States by maintaining a high faculty to student ratio and providing intense cultural immersion. The plan called for a central visual axis as an organizing idea, incorporating all the academic, residential, dining, athletic, and support facilities – in essence helping to create a 20 acres’ new campus from the ground up. The 110,000 sf main academic and administrative building is an adaptive re-use of an existing hospital, while the three dorms and athletic center are new constructions. The intimate design solution is reminiscent of traditional New England Preparatory Schools.