Oxford Area Schools presented the architect with the challenge of converting an existing middle school into a 1,600-student high school. A 262,000-square-foot addition includes a new performing-arts center; natatorium; competition, arena-style gymnasium; and 33 academic classrooms. Remodeling the existing portion of the building addressed circulation issues and improved CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$135.43FEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation flow throughout the school.
The district wanted to transform community perceptions of the building—to have it recognized as the “new high school” rather than the “old middle school.” The additions were designed to envelop the existing building and provide the school with a new exterior architectural expression.
In addition, major outdoor field improvements took place on the site, including new concession buildings, baseball fields, a softball field and football stadium.