The overall program for the new 800-student high school project was vast and encompassing. The town was interested in openness, daylighting and technology for both the classrooms and the building as a whole.
The central atrium is the heart of the school, linking the various academic spaces. Continuous clerestory glazing floods this area with daylight, and a copper CAPACITY800COST PER SQ FT$190.85FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio wall reflects this incoming daylight. When daylight levels drop, sensors in this space switch on the ceiling lights. The projecting balconies, situated along the east wall of the atrium, provide an ideal spot for student observation, and teachers can see the entire length of the building from this vantage point.
The new high school is a technologically rich environment. Several classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. This technology is gradually being worked into the educational program throughout the high school. In addition to several computer labs, the project included seven laptop carts, which remain charged and can be checked out by any teacher, essentially making any classroom an interactive computer lab.