The suburban community of Goddard, Kan., near Wichita, was experiencing explosive growth within their school district and was seeking to build a new high school facility. It would need to be economically designed to support a variety of community based activities, with built-in flexibility for expansion, changes in curriculum and future technology advances. It would CAPACITY1,400COST PER SQ FT$68.72FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio have to serve historically strong programs in science, fine arts, music, home management and physical education, with spaces designed for flexible usage and teaching methods.
The architect responded with an overall building design providing efficient space utilization, and a large open commons/cafeteria providing a centralized circulation focal point.
In the academic area, operable partitions provide small-, intermediate- and large-group teaching flexibility. Removable walls between classrooms aid future curriculum changes, and lab or lecture seating arrangements in all science spaces provide versatility. Several of the science spaces share access to a common greenhouse, and access to a nearby science project assembly and display area. A multimedia lecture/presentation room with seating for 120 facilitates educational and community use, as well as monthly school board meetings. Three computer labs on the upper level are networked to a central printer/office and are connected visually by view windows to aid staff control. A technology lab on the main level with exterior access has replaced traditional wood and metal shop programs.
The auditorium provides capabilities for large lecture, musical, theatrical or combined presentations with high-performance lighting and sound systems, orchestra pit and seating for up to 1,000. The gymnasium provides capabilities for daily physical-education usage, and a variety of school and community sporting events, with spectator accommodations up to 2,400 seats. The nearby kitchen/serving area provides food service for as many as 800 to 900 daily meals, or evening community-use activities, and also facilitates concessions operations for sporting events. The commons/cafeteria is the hub of all daily educational and evening community use activities, designed with a variety of lighting to suit many occasions.
A centralized multimedia resource room with cable management throughout simplifies current and future technology utilization for the entire facility. Heating and cooling is provided by a VAV system monitored by a computerized energy-management system maintaining comfort and economic operation.