The design challenge was to create a multipurpose facility that would address program deficiencies; provide public access for athletic and performing-arts events; and create space for the district’s administrative offices.
The solution was an addition connected to an existing elementary school building and across the street from a middle/high school facility. This COST PER SQ FT$77.65FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized houses student services and special-education offices, and classrooms for the elementary school. A new gymnasium, 500-seat auditorium and music/band rooms were built to address the needs of the middle/high school. Parking was expanded, and easy access was provided for the public. The lobby, which includes a concession area, is between the auditorium and the gymnasium so it can serve both facilities. The district administrative offices are adjacent to the lobby to provide additional supervision and security.
A multi-tiered cornice is used to create an interesting and festive entrance to the facility from the parking areas. The lobby has high ceilings and clerestory windows that provide light and a feeling of spaciousness. Bright colors and unusual angles along the interior walls were used to create interest and de-institutionalize the space.