The new Fond du Lac High School unites multifaceted issues and objectives within a single high school project. It incorporates innovative sustainable-design concepts, academy-approach educational specifications, and programs that integrate multilevel curricula (high school, technical college and four-year university). The facility includes a closed-campus food CAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$90.97CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio cafeteria, performing arts, fieldhouse and core shop technologies for technical-career preparation.
The educational program is enhanced by a commitment to the performing arts and integration of academic education with vocational skills. Zoning the building allows for use of the theater and fitness areas, while providing access to computer and distance-education classrooms for continuing-education programs.
Sustainable-design principles are used for energy preservation and enhancement of student well-being and performance. A geothermal heat-pump system uses detention ponds as an energy exchanger. These ponds have been developed into landscaped areas that preserve local bio-communities and are used as natural classrooms.
The daylighting design conserves artificial light and provides an environment that promotes visual health and enhances student performance.
"A striking educational facility that incorporates innovative design with a commitment to academics."--2002 jury
Aerial photo: C.D. Smith Construction