Yankton High School and Summit Activities Center

Yankton, South Dakota

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Yankton School District 63-3

  • AREA

    263,000 sq.ft.





This common-use building was planned, financed and is jointly operated and maintained by the school district and the city. The community lacked adequate space for gymnasium, assembly space, and aquatic and fitness activities. A formal-use agreement, made possible through a successful school bond and city sales-tax referendums, enabled both parties to share construction, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$72.04FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio and maintenance costs.

The result is a building that responds to enrollment pressure, and expands curriculum and technology requirements with a district-wide facilities evaluation and master plan. The school offers educational facilities for 1,200 students, as well as community recreation and assembly/auditorium space. Academic, vocational and athletic functions are housed in three distinct building arteries, which radiate from a central commons.

Classrooms are segmented into four areas, providing flexibility in organizing classes by department or other team arrangements.

The Summit Activities Center includes a pool, gymnasium, practice courts, fitness center, indoor track, child-care area and conference/administrative space, which are shared between the city and the school. The facility also features a 1,000-seat performance auditorium, music instruction and rehearsal areas.

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