The David H. Hickman High School campus was overdue for an addition that would provide the student population of more than 2,000 students a place to socialize and congregate on campus. The challenge was to design a new addition that would not only blend with the architecture of the original 1926 building, but also provide the building with an identifiable entrance onto CAPACITY2,164COST PER SQ FT$121.50FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio high school campus.
In addition to the main entry and commons, the program also required a general office/administration area with a school store, cafeteria annex, conference rooms, seven foreign-language labs, a computer language lab, a broadcasting classroom with editing rooms, a school museum, an elevator, and mechanical, electrical and support spaces.
The building construction uses a structural steel frame, masonry building envelope, steel studs and drywall backup. The sloped roof is clay tile, with the low-slope roof maintaining an EPDM single-ply membrane.
The classrooms and administration areas are conditioned by variable-volume air systems with heating water. The commons area includes a heating-water radiant floor to offset thermal losses.