Education for the 21st century and focusing on interdisciplinary learning centers vs. traditional classrooms led to the design of this new high school, which serves grades 9-12.
Grouped into houses, the interdisciplinary learning centers may be assigned by either grade or discipline to support a variety of teaching methods. The school’s unique curriculum CAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$75.58CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio school-to-work programs. Industrial arts and vocational food areas offer students commercial production skills and hands-on experience. A nearby wetland on the 50-acre site provides an outdoor biological classroom.
Designed without walls, the media center is located amidst the learning centers to encourage use and promote interaction. Students and staff can conduct research on the Internet, utilize videodisc technology and participate in the school’s interactive television studio.
An expansive commons area with food court acts as a foyer to the school’s 580-seat auditorium and 1,400-seat gymnasium.
The school’s mechanical system uses energy-efficient ground-source heat pumps where fluid in pipes exchanges heat with the earth. The system uses 105 heat pumps, 405 wells and more than 25 miles of piping to heat and cool the facility.
Photographer: ©Don Wong
"Design includes flexibility in assigning houses to grade or discipline; nice design."—1998 jury