The five-town regional school district had a pressing need: educate its 1,200 students in grades 7-12 in a facility designed for 750 students. The district’s short-term solution was to hold double sessions, keeping the school open for more than 12 hours a day.
The design solution creatively renovated the existing 112,500 square feet and added 135,000 square feet to CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$85.00FEATURED IN1999 Educational Interiors1999 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas the educationally preferred separation between the middle- and high- school students. The final design created two academic houses connected by a three-story skylit cafeteria commons.
Each academic house has its own main entrance, general classrooms, science laboratories, special- needs areas, computer laboratories and administrative/health facilities, while sharing the performing arts, technical areas, library, cafeteria and athletic core facilities. In addition, the facility is now the technological hub of the 135-square-mile rural school district by allowing the elementary schools to access the Internet via the middle/high school server.
After five years of double sessions and construction, the community has an enriched academic environment, enhanced athletic facilities and modern technological infrastructure and equipment.
Photographer: ©Peter Vanderwarker