Watkins Glen High School and Elementary School, Additions and Alterations

Watkins Glen, New York

The building program for the Watkins Glen Central School District transformed this 1960s-era building into a contemporary, versatile facility that reflects current standards of instruction, technology and athletics.

As part of a $36 million districtwide additions and alterations program, the high school was reconfigured. Situating the bus dropoff, main entrance, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$90.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and administrative offices to the east side of the building improved traffic circulation and safety. The new main entrance and adjacent classroom corridor created a courtyard, which maximizes natural light. The corridor connects the main entrance to the new cafeteria and the new eight-lane pool.

A key feature is the athletic fieldhouse that connects the elementary school and high school. It contains an eight-station gymnasium, indoor running track and fitness room, all of which are used by the community. It overlooks a new all-weather track, athletic fields, bleachers and a press box.

Instructional facilities were revitalized with a new music suite, music practice room and modern classrooms. Former cafeteria space was converted to computer labs, art rooms and technology instruction areas.