In 2005, a routine building inspection at Orange High School found that the media center’s signature wooden trusses needed to be replaced. Nationally recognized for its use of instructional technology, the district took the opportunity to re-imagine the 30-year-old space as a thoroughly modern, technology-rich learning environment.
Three new technology labs give COST PER SQ FT$96.19FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation greater access to study resources, distance learning and wireless capabilities, which extend to the nearby student courtyard. Recessed video-projection screens combine with movable furnishings to create a series of flexible small-group environments. An 8-foot by 8-foot holographic projection screen anchors the central circulation desk and can be used for community presentations.
To maintain the open, airy feel of the original space, the design makes extensive use of natural light. Two large skylights, including a 99-foot-long louvered skylight, flood the media center and adjacent corridors with daylight. Glass walls in the technology labs, two second-story classrooms, and the second-story corridor create a sense of transparency and visual connection.
Acoustical isolation was addressed by enclosing the second-story corridors with full-height glass, which also acts as a smoke barrier. Additional measures were undertaken to eliminate mechanical noise from the technology studios, provide a fire-suppression sprinkler system and update fire alarms.