Springdale School District experienced a 67 percent increase in enrollment from 1995 to 2005, which led to a $105 million bond issue to accommodate students’ needs.
The new 396,500-square-foot Har-Ber High School shares a 122-acre site and athletic facilities with a new middle school. The 2,000-student high school includes a 1,200 stepped-seat theater; an athletic CAPACITY2,000COST PER SQ FT$93.48FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio that houses two gyms; a 125 stepped-seat seminar room; a greenhouse; and a landscaped campus to reflect the design elements of a college campus.
The two-story rotunda leading to the media center creates a focus on the academic wings. The media center’s placement reinforces the district’s emphasis on the integration of the media center into students’ daily activities.
The departmental configuration of the high school’s two-story academic wings facilitates planning, equipment sharing and teaming efficiencies, and maximizes daylight. Every classroom is wired and networked for student and teacher computers and for a ceiling-mounted video projector.
The performing-arts center and gymnasium are planned to accommodate a variety of community events and can be closed off from the rest of the school during after-school hours.