As part of a district-wide project for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District, the renovation and expansion of the Ravena High School media center, originally built in the 1960s, was guided by 21st-century program requirements for a reading room, computer lab and multipurpose instructional area.
Wireless network access is available throughout the CAPACITY150COST PER SQ FT$161.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio center.
The new reading room receives ample natural light from clerestory windows at the north and south, and a north-facing glass curtainwall. Student technology needs are met by a cluster of eight computer carrels. The bright and airy space accommodates 90 students.
The separate computer lab is connected to the circulation desk by interior windows, which provide noise control and enable personnel at the desk to supervise students who are using the lab independently.
An operable partition closes off the instructional area into a classroom for research instruction, special class projects and distance learning. Furniture in this area can be rearranged. With the partition open, the instructional area becomes an extension of the reading room.