Kings Park High School was built in 1970. As enrollment grew, it needed additional classroom, laboratory, music and cafeteria spaces. Also, the on-site traffic pattern presented a major safety concern as buses, passenger vehicles and pedestrian traffic intermixed randomly within the same traffic lanes. This truly was an “accident waiting to happen.” The facility also COST PER SQ FT$275.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYRenovation accessibility upgrades, reroofing and energy-performance upgrades, including an entry vestibule and replacement of single-glazed windows.
The architect worked closely with the district to develop a list of projects, forecasting needs 10 years ahead. The plans incorporated three distinct additions: a lobby, cafeteria and new five-classroom wing. The lobby addition was integrated with full reconfiguration of the vehicle and pedestrian traffic lanes, providing an exterior plaza to allow students a safe place to gather clear of vehicles. Adhering to school colors, multiple alterations were accomplished to fully meet facility goals and unify the facility both functionally and architecturally.