Increasing enrollment and the transition from a junior/senior high school model to a middle school/high school model provided the opportunity for Voorheesville Central School District to reconfigure its existing high school building. A creative approach to new and existing spaces encourages community use of the facilities, and provides unique spaces for study COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio instruction. Additions and renovations created two separate wings—one for the middle grades and one for the high school grades—and common areas that house core facilities shared by all students.
The building additions include a new two-station gymnasium, an 800-seat auditorium and a six-lane pool. The new pool has direct access from the parking lot, allowing members of the community to use the facility during the school day when classes are not using the pool. A shallow extension of the pool accommodates swimmers with disabilities and younger children. The new, dedicated gymnasium entrance allows the school to be secured during evening and weekend events.
New art rooms housed in the former auditorium are flooded with natural light through skylights that entice the creative spirit, bringing a professional studio appeal to the spaces. A two-level student commons takes the place of the former pool. Outfitted with wireless computer access, study areas, and eating and lounge space, the commons is used by upper-class students for lunch or flexible time.