LaFayette High School was built in 1960. Steady enrollment increases at the school have absorbed all available classroom space. Continuing deterioration of the mechanical, electrical and communication systems, and the need for energy-saving upgrades and greater accessibility prompted the district to enlarge and modernize the facility. This was accomplished with CAPACITY755COST PER SQ FT$75.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation 16,000- square-foot classroom addition, a 1,200-square-foot technical-education addition and a 2,500-square-foot large-group instruction room.
The classroom addition is placed to allow for future expansion. It meshes with the spaces in the existing building.
The large-group instruction room houses technology, recording and broadcasting capabilities. It includes computer-equipped, audiovisual display equipment, two synchronized large-screen rear projectors and a stereo sound system. This multipurpose room highlights a monumental brick wall, giving identity to the existing building, as well as providing an acoustical backdrop to the vocal music curriculum.
The reconstructed media center has soft colors and textures, improved acoustical conditions and natural daylighting that illuminates the reading area. The most prominent feature of the new media center is an undulating ceiling that incorporates advanced indirect lighting and skylights.