Southwest High School, Renovation and Addition

High Point, North Carolina

Drawing: Mikhail Glushko

The architect is completing an extensive addition and renovation at Southwest High School in High Point, N.C. Guilford County Schools is transforming this school into a new arts magnet school.

The original facility hasn’t received an upgrade since it was built in the 1970s. It is plagued by a bland exterior with little aesthetic appeal. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY265COST PER SQ FT$135.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress addition and renovation will give the school a new identity and transform a dated facility into a 21st-century school.

The addition will add 265 much-needed classroom seats. It also will contain an auxiliary gym, dining area and media center. Upgrades and renovations will include a new entry and upgraded technology. Unique to the design is a multipurpose space designed to accommodate both gymnasium functions and theater performances. A number of classrooms will be renovated for dance, graphic arts, drama and broadcast-arts activities.