While planning the new Anchor Bay High School, the district wanted a facility with a historical feeling that also would serve students, teachers and parents for years to come.
The centralized commons features a clock 11 feet in diameter. The commons serves as a town square, socialization space and dining facility, as well as a lobby for the auditorium CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$153.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio gymnasium. A focal point of the commons area is an anchor and compass logo floor design. Made from porcelain and ceramic tile, the logo recalls the history of sailing, which is embedded in the community’s history.
The space was designed to provide easy access to the academic wings, performing-arts areas and gymnasium. Running the length of the school from north to south, the commons encourages quick travel time between areas and provides views into all areas of the school.
The academic classrooms are organized into four smaller learning communities, or houses. Each house can accommodate up to 600 students and has general classrooms, science labs, computer labs and specialized spaces for business, health and art.
The library/media center is on the second floor and overlooks the student commons area. The placement of the media center reinforces the concept that it is the heart of the learning environment and is a resource for all curriculum initiatives.
The performing-arts wing has an 850-seat auditorium, drama classroom, scene shop, video production studio and dressing rooms.