Constructed in 1920, the three-story brick masonry building needed a comprehensive renovation to meet the district’s 21st-century educational goals. The school’s existing educational program and physical space requirements were no longer in compliance with those goals.
Collaborating closely with the district, the architect conducted an extensive space utilization ASSOCIATED FIRMLinwood Engineering; Longo Associates, Inc.COST PER SQ FT$129.30FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers programming study of the existing school. The entire mechanical system, air conditioning, piping and lighting were replaced and upgraded.
An upgraded library/media center was essential to provide resources to enhance educational value for students. The result is an enhanced learning environment with the updated technologies required for 21st-century instructional space. The renovated space is a state-of-the-art media center serving 1,300 high school students in grades 9 to 12.
The new media center offers modern space and technological advancement. Space allocations include areas of research and study, a language lab, computer access, and production and editing capabilities. The new TV studio control room is designed to offer the appropriate space and equipment necessary for students to produce TV programs. The editing room allows students to edit and finalize productions, and has an additional video-on-demand system to reduce storage and create more space for an upgraded learning environment.