Hamilton High School West (Hamilton, N.J.)

Hamilton, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    Clarke Caton Hintz

  • CLIENT

    Hamilton Township School Board

  • AREA

    239,385 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $7,800,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2004

The architect was retained to design a 22,000-square-foot science wing addition and to renovate 8,800 square feet of existing classroom space. The science wing provides eight new science laboratories, four preparation rooms, a science department office and support facilities. The existing classrooms were converted from science laboratories into general ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$246.95FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms special-education classroom space, a computer lab and departmental support offices. In addition, the existing auto shop was converted into a multidiscipline technology laboratory and modeling room, which will allow students to explore a wide range of technologies while working in teams.

Hamilton High School West was built in 1927 and has had several additions constructed over the years. Because of these additions, the high school had major circulation and accessibility issues. The primary goal was to design an addition that would alleviate the circulation issues and create an environment that was flowing and manageable for teachers, staff and security.

The new science wing addition solved these issues and provided a circulation corridor that is bright and cheerful. The color scheme (orange and black), representing the school colors, was used on the vinyl flooring and lockers. The science lab color scheme is a green and yellow basketweave pattern for the vinyl flooring that is complemented by light golden casework to provide a bright and clean learning environment.