Heritage Hills High School and Middle School, conceived as an open-concept school in 1972, provided little separation for high school and middle school programs. The aging main building had a leaking roof with hundreds of inefficient rooftop mechanical units. Technology infrastructure, accessibility, and kitchen and lab facilities all were inadequate. CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$76.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation offices, a windowless maze well away from the entry, were difficult for visitors to find.
Middle school programs were moved to a new addition, freeing space for high school programs. Middle school ”families” are organized along a daylighted corridor and marked by individual intersections. A daylighted commons area provides a place for students to congregate and allows community access to the multipurpose gym after hours. Four science labs feature greenhouse bump-outs.
Enlarged high school classrooms feature twice as many windows. An expanded library moved to the heart of the school, adjacent to the expanded, daylighted, cafeteria/commons. High-tech classrooms and wet labs feature nests of networked computer stations.
High school administrative space was relocated to the main entrance for greater security, identity and convenience.