Combining traditional high school education with some of the nation’s most advanced career and technical-education programs, Romeo Engineering & Technology Center (RETC) is a dramatic example of a building designed from the “curriculum up.”
A detailed planning process maximized adjacencies of key spaces, creating a flexible two-story classroom/laboratory wing that CAPACITY672COST PER SQ FT$152.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio teachers to pursue interdisciplinary instruction and curriculum integration. A centrally situated media center positioned along a curved wall provides a flexible place for independent study and research. All classrooms have digital projectors and wireless capabilities.
Design elements mirror the building’s advanced curriculum and promote the use of the environment as a teaching tool. Clerestory windows and window walls create bright, cheerful spaces. Generous ceiling heights, exposed systems and a clean, dynamic interior project a high-end industrial aesthetic, and warm, subdued colors and sophisticated lighting create a welcoming business-like environment.
Since opening, RETC has greatly reduced crowding at the district’s existing high school. The building is designed for future expansion to accommodate as many as 1,500 students, serving as a second high school.