The Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga., asked the architect to replace an outdated 1960s facility with a state-of the-art upper school for grades 9 to 12 that reflects the prestige of the 50-year-old institution. The new design and site choice was the outcome of a comprehensive, long-range plan.
The new upper school allows for significant enrollment and CAPACITY350COST PER SQ FT$143.40FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio expansion. Key planning criteria included designated classrooms for all teachers, cutting-edge technology, abundant collaboration, conferencing and independent study space. The Georgian-influenced design is intended to reflect the aesthetic of the main campus quadrangle and reinforce a developing image of Brookstone as one of the premier private schools in the south.
Various energy-efficient strategies were explored during the development of the long-range master plan. After thorough studies, the board adopted the long-term maintenance, operation and energy benefits of a full geothermal heating and cooling system at the new upper school. The benefits of this system have prompted the board to develop plans for using this type of system in future buildings.