The distinctive appearance and prominent location of this academy make it the signature building for Reynolds School District’s main campus. It houses nontraditional high school programs.
The two-story building is organized around a clerestory-topped atrium. Flooded with natural daylight, this commons area is a dynamic and welcoming space designed to foster informal CAPACITY220COST PER SQ FT$139.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio among students and staff, and encourage the close student-teacher interaction at the core of this alternative program. The 15 classrooms include two science rooms, a creative-arts lab, a landscaping work/study lab and a life-skills classroom, all designed to be flexible and durable while adhering to the principles of sustainable design. This includes energy savings that are 25 percent more than state-mandated requirements.
The building also is a teaching tool. Inside, the combined colored concrete-block and steel-frame structure and mechanical systems have been left exposed so students can learn about the various trades involved in constructing a building. Students planted the landscaping and participated in the planting selection as part of their work-study program.