This new Chillicothe High School challenged the design team to create a facility that would accommodate a traditional comprehensive high school program and serve as the new social focal point for the community.
The team responded with a plan that provides four villages: math-science, performing arts, humanities and sports. The plan also provides easy supervision and CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$91.20FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio of activities to allow for community use during non-school hours. The facility houses 800 students with core spaces sized for future expansion. The building spaces are zoned to allow for simultaneous use of the 1,500-seat gymnasium and the 850-seat performing-arts center, which features a full-fly loft with lighting and sound systems. The site supports this concept by providing two parking areas to eliminate parking conflicts and cross traffic.
The structure of this building features brick load-bearing masonry walls. As a result of an efficiency study, the school has a ground-source heat-pump heating and cooling system. The facility provides a technology-rich environment with three computer labs and data hubs in every classroom. All computers are connected to the Internet via a wide-area network system.