The design challenges were to integrate different styles and eras of architecture; accommodate the district’s projected student enrollment increase to 3,800 students in grades 6 to 8 and 9 to 12; and meet future educational program needs. This goal, facilitated by intense communication with administration and staff, was achieved by joining the existing high school and CAPACITY3,814COST PER SQ FT$89.73FEATURED IN2002 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation middle school through the natatorium and central mechanical plant. The natatorium connection provides a shared core, while spatially separating the two independent educational programs.
The middle school’s programmatic design accommodates grade-level team areas, while the high school houses departmental subject team areas. The facilities integrate extensive design alterations and additions necessary for each school’s identity and educational program while creating a unified complex and infrastructure. Construction was phased over a 2½-year period during which the school used 30 modular classrooms.
The design provided separate entrances, including each school’s main entrance. It alleviated parking congestion and site concerns, created a nature center, and achieved a unified facade that incorporates window and brick patterns throughout.