The new Yorkville High School is designed with the underlying philosophy that today’s learner must function in a changing environment. The layout of the building encourages interaction among the occupants, while providing space for individual coaching and personal meetings. The building was designed and built within the owner’s budget for less than $100 per square foot CAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$96.99FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio can be expanded in all areas.
The building is planned to encourage the students to explore the arts and sciences. The large-group instruction room has a small stage and auditorium seating. The cafetorium with stage containing five sets of flyable theater rigging complements the performing-arts program. The music facilities include choral and instrument practice areas and storage. The science areas contain laboratories for biology, chemistry and physics.
Technology was a major factor in the building design. All classrooms and the learning center are wired for networking and Internet accessibility. The traditional technical-arts department was replaced by a computerized technology area, allowing students to study computer-controlled manufacturing and computer-aided design. The computer and science areas allow one instructor visual access to several classrooms by using large glass windows between the rooms and placing doors to access contiguous classrooms.
Since this school can be used by the community all year, the building is fully air conditioned to provide a comfortable environment for the occupants. Construction materials were selected to avoid noxious chemicals such as formaldehyde. All classrooms have windows that open to improve ventilation and allow fresh air into the building.
The architect designed the exterior and interior doorways and halls to encourage public use after school hours while maintaining security for other areas of the building. The physical-education facilities include built-in bleachers seating 1,300, a wood floor and fully outfitted locker rooms. The location of the parking lot allows visitors easy access to the gymnasium, auditorium and public facilities.