Kent Island High School, the second built in Queen Anne’s County, Md., is a state-of-the-art educational community where technology is a major component of the program. The architectural language, expressed by exposed structural steel-frame construction and detailing, reflects the nautical character of the Eastern Shore Region. The entry, flanked by ponds and wetlands, CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$94.35FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas the island nature of the region, and provides an environmental-study area.
The organization of interior spaces encourages shared decisionmaking, and stimulates critical thinking among students and teachers. The building plan is organized around a central Main Street that creates a student and community gathering place. The instructional areas intersect Main Street with a core circulation loop at an open-air stair. Academic/career-oriented clusters are grouped to encourage relationships between classes and disciplines, and foster personal growth.
Classroom characteristics include: large classroom windows create bright, naturally lit spaces; interior/exterior wall colors emphasize the relationship between interior and exterior spaces; generic classrooms and movable furniture in computer laboratories allow program flexibility; centrally located media center/technology hub.
Photographer: ©Kenneth Wyner