Twenty-five years of growth in the capital district area and the districtwide need for the expansion and upgrading of all existing school facilities led to an addition and renovations project to the existing 97,839-square-foot high school facility.
The design solution was to evoke a totally fresh new look and feel, as well as provide for increased public access for CAPACITY1,485COST PER SQ FT$97.12FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio events. The resulting 90,248-square-foot addition features 17 new classrooms, seven new science rooms, a new gymnasium seating 1,500, locker room facilities, a new band room, and an expanded cafeteria and kitchen. Transition from old to new was created through a glass-enclosed, exposed public lobby.
Alterations included conversion of the existing gymnasium into a new, state-of-the-art library/media center with a mezzanine level teacher preparatory area. Also prominent in the alteration work was the removal and replacement of the window-wall system and failing exterior masonry over the majority of the existing building.
Sitework included a new master plan for all athletic fields, a new all-weather track, bleachers and tennis courts. Access to the site and the need for additional parking was resolved with a new loop road approach to the school.
As is important with any educational facility, computer technology is incorporated throughout the design, evidenced by an electronic media-retrieval system, a district wide-area computer network, and a new communications system.
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