Herkimer Junior/Senior High School, in the village of Herkimer in central New York, has a student population of 670. Key to the project was the creation of a new main entrance with safer dropoff areas. The entrance is at the intersection of an old and new wing. The latter houses a new double-height media center with abundant, controlled natural light and additional COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio on two floors. A cafeteria addition was extended from the renovated 1950s school that, together with the media center wing and an earlier classroom wing, define an exterior courtyard. The exterior of the existing building was rehabilitated to blend with the new construction.
A new gymnasium/locker room addition extends from the opposite side of the older building. The existing gym was renovated to provide large-volume rehearsal spaces for instrumental and vocal music, and a small auxiliary gym. New science labs adjacent to existing ones create a science suite. New and renovated art and “home & career” classrooms were created.