To meet growing enrollments, a major expansion and revitalization of this existing high school is presently under way. Because of land constraints, it was decided to expand rather than replace the school. Site restraints dictated that most of the added space be contained in a two-story addition to the west of the school, resulting in a new entrance. The new curved CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$154.07CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress provides the school with a new image. The curving facade is the basis for the school’s new logo, which is incorporated into signage throughout the building.
The high school, which is flooded with natural light, can accommodate 2,000 students. The two-story addition includes science labs, computer labs, art rooms, general classrooms, a dual-purpose room for aerobics and wrestling, a weight/fitness room, administration offices, and a large atrium serving as a student commons space.
The original school contained large blocks of windowless classrooms served by long and narrow corridors. The former spaces are receiving new life with newly widened corridors, general finish upgrades and additional skylights. Generous use of color on ceilings and wall surfaces help to articulate the spaces and create a stimulating environment for students. Students also will benefit from an expanded cafeteria, which allow for the enhanced safety of a closed campus setting during lunch.
"Compact and efficient—excellent use of space and circulation."—1998 jury