As one of New Jersey’s top high schools, Mountain Lakes High School always has been careful to consider the balance between money spent on programs and money spent on facilities. As 2001 drew to a close, the town’s demographics indicated a growth in student population for which the high school was not equipped.
Beyond the “population-driven” need for classrooms, lab COST PER SQ FT$171.00FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and an auxiliary gymnasium, the school district was mindful of the historic nature of its neighborhood. The anony-mous style of the 1960s structure long has been a sore point among the town’s architecturally minded citizens. Without being literal, the project’s design responds to the local architecture through simple and subtle references, using prevailing shapes and materials as a counterpoint to the existing school.
The project addresses needed upgrades including accessibility elements, larger and improved administrative offices, a new media center and a larger band room. Based on applications submitted by the architect, the state of New Jersey approved a grant of about $4.6 million to reduce the $15.6 million total project cost to local taxpayers.