The Catskill Middle School/High School campus represents two past eras of school construction. The middle school is a classic example of the “WPA” era of school construction from the 1930s. Although it is rich in historical character, the well-built structure’s building systems were beyond their expected useful life and needed substantial renovation. Similarly, the high CAPACITY270COST PER SQ FT$160.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation is an example of the more utilitarian structures built to serve baby boomers in the 1960s. As a result of the preference for low-cost construction, which was prevalent at the time, this school’s building systems needed replacing at the same time as its WPA-era neighbor.
As with many school districts, this need for building renovation, to mitigate deterioration because of age, coincides with significant changes in digital-age educational delivery and steadily increasing enrollment.
The architect assisted the district in resolving these issues.
The middle school and high school classroom additions included computer labs, science rooms, home and career labs, as well as general-purpose classrooms and other support spaces. Also featured in the additions was an expansion of the cafeteria, which doubled its capacity and serves as a student dining space and a school community meeting room.