With a student population of 2,000 and a building size of almost 400,000 square feet, Central Bucks South High School needed to create a human-scale atmosphere for personalized teaching and learning. The design achieves a sense of community by organizing teaching stations, study areas and administrative/counseling offices into three academic houses where students spend ASSOCIATED FIRMGeorge J. Donovan AIA & AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$176.00CITATIONGold Citation, High School CitationFEATURED IN2006 Educational Interiors2006 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers of their time.
The houses share central support facilities: gymnasiums, a competition pool that accommodates 500 spectators, food service, an 800-seat auditorium with full-fly gallery, and a full-service media center. Separate entrances for the auditorium, athletics and academic areas allow after-hours and simultaneous use of these spaces by students and the public.
The media center offers ample study space at computer workstations, team tables and study carrels. Tall windows and clerestories provide abundant light. Interior design features inspired by local architectural vernacular, such as heavy timber ceilings and brick walls, create visual interest and an inviting atmosphere.
“Excellent design. It meets the technical, environmental, learning and security needs of the district. A college atmosphere at a high school.”--2006 EIS jury
"Good use of natural lighting. Functional and learner-friendy."--2006 AP jury