Putnam Valley Central School District was the largest school district in New York State that tuitions out its high school students to a neighboring district. The desire for local control of educational programs led the district to construct a new high school to house 9th through 12th graders, as well as new district administration offices.
The building has an CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$168.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio seating 575, gymnasium seating 600, library/media center, cafeteria, choral room, instrumental room, distance learning, technology spaces, business classrooms, and a family and consumer-sciences classroom, 20 interchangeable classrooms, four science rooms, small-group instruction classrooms and school administration spaces.
The curved roofs, plan elements and roof colors mimic the geologic events of the surrounding countryside. The main corridor, or street, connects the public spaces on all three floors, as well as the three-story classroom wing. During non-school hours, people can enter the library, auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria without going into academic spaces.
The facility shares a steep site with the district’s middle school. Playing fields are terraced on the site, including a track, an exhibition football/soccer field with artifical-turf, as well as two softball fields, one baseball field, one field hockey field and an additional soccer field. A new driveoff from Peekskill Hollow Road leads to the high school and then continues up to the middle school. A bus loop, parent dropoff area and parking also were added.
The construction is steel frame with brick veneer on concrete masonry and brick veneer on cold-formed metal framing. The building is heated and cooled with a geothermal heat-pump system.