In recent times, the Bay Shore Union Free School District has seen enrollment grow at all grade levels. The additions and alternations at Bay Shore High School are the culmination of efforts begun several years earlier at the district’s elementary schools. The additions and alterations address a projected increase of nearly 500 high school students over COST PER SQ FT$131.16FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYPhysical-Education Facilities/Recreation Centers 10-year period.
One of the primary site strategies was to unite the two largest parcels and create a unified campus. Once unified, the campus could be fenced and supervised for safety and security. In order to unify the campus, a segment of a local street had to be converted to facilitate emergency fire-lane access.
Another important issue for the community was preserving the original 1937 gymnasium. Many alumni supported enhancing the athletics program but were concerned about the fate of the existing gymnasium. The solution was to build a gymnasium facility furnished with relics and artifacts from the original gymnasium. The original gym space then was converted for use by large-group music ensembles in order to take advantage of ceiling heights and a position directly under the existing auditorium.
The project also provided new space for the school district’s central administration. Before this project, district offices were divided between two school buildings in what historically had been educational space. As an integral part of the overall spatial reconfiguration plan, these spaces have been returned to the students, and district administration has been centralized on the main campus of the high school.
The additions and alterations have been designed to enhance the architectural presence of the existing structure.
A new three-story classroom addition has been built as a continuation of the original three-story facade, with matching brick and cast-stone detailing. Behind this new facade is a 1964 building addition that was perceived to be not as sensitive to the architecture of the original 1937 school building.