The program called for a new facility to replace an aged school. It has been designed for community use, incorporates the latest technology and is compatible with the city`s historical buildings.
The commons area defines distinct, connected elements for student and community use. An expansive, open two-story-high commons area with food court is a foyer to COST PER SQ FT$127.70FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas performing-arts theater, main gymnasium and instructional gym. A landscaped courtyard along the commons area connects the front and rear entrances of the school, flooding the commons area with natural light. The media center faces a balcony that overlooks a central staircase and a courtyard.
Poor site conditions dictated that the building be built on 2,000 concrete piles that are set 30 to 40 feet deep. The soil characteristics lend themselves to installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
The district’s commitment to community use is apparent in the layout of the building with the auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, fieldhouse with running track, weightroom and exercise area clustered to the north end of the building, and easily separated from the academic areas.