A major component of the Connetquot Central School District’s recent $97 million referendum was the expansion and renovation of its high school, which has been a focal point for community activities for many years. The expanded high school accommodates 2,100 students in grades 9 to 12, along with a teaching staff of 105 members. The high school building sits on COST PER SQ FT$234.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio 60-acre site, of which 43 acres will be used as athletic fields and open space. Four acres will be kept in its natural state for educational environmental studies.
The 88,000-square-foot expansion involved additions to the existing two-story building at four different locations. The largest addition involved a two-story space along the front of the existing high school. It created a new main entrance, offices, classrooms and computer facilities. The focal point of this addition was the new 10,000-square-foot library and media center on the second level.
The modern facade articulates and frames the newly relocated main entrance to the high school. This new technological, iconic entrance has created a much-needed focal point for the school complex, which is almost 300,000 square feet. The southern exposure glass curtainwall uses a strutted aluminum sunshade system. This allows natural light into the media and reading areas without causing sun glare or heat gain.
The existing cafeteria doubled in size, and a diversified cafe-style food court was added to enhance the food offerings available to the students and staff.
Another addition provided a new band and choral music suite with special acoustical treatments.
The final addition was a new 8,350-square-foot gymnasium complex, which included new team rooms, a wrestling room, weightroom and locker facilities.