The new Westfield High School is a 290,000-square-foot facility for 900 students in grades 9-12, with expansion and support facilities designed for 1,200 students. Intended to serve as both an educational facility and a valuable community resource, the building includes a 900-seat auditorium, a 3,000-seat gymnasium with suspended running track, a natatorium and an CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$102.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio media center equipped with distance-learning labs.
Based on a flexible educational model incorporating interdisciplinary studies and cooperative learning, the school is organized in three distinct zones. The academic zone is located in the central core, and is flanked by an athletic zone to the north and a performing-arts zone to the south. Each zone is reinforced by a gathering commons and separate, canopied entry. Natural light is emphasized throughout the building by the use of clerestory windows and two interior courtyards.
Technology is another important foundation component of the curriculum and the building plan, with fully integrated voice, data and video communication in all areas of the facility.
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