The Bordentown Regional High School sits on a 75-acre rural site outside Bordentown, N.J. Taking advantage of the natural topography, the building mass steps down a slope to create two levels of entry and wraps itself around a 45,000-square-foot courtyard that joins the two main floors and forms the heart of the school.
The varied educational program consists of CAPACITY1,092COST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2007 Architectural Portfolio for about 1,100 students in grades 8 to 12. A 1,000-seat theatrically equipped auditorium with backstage spaces serves the community; access is at the front entry. The 11,000-square-foot gymnasium, 2,700-square-foot auxiliary gymnasium, 8,000-square-foot library and 3,400-square-foot wood shop round out the large supporting spaces. Additional specialty spaces include double-height band and vocal music rooms, a home-economics/dining classroom, art studio, seven science labs with shared prep rooms and three computer/CAD labs.
The steel-framed structure incorporates masonry and steel stud wall construction with masonry veneer and precast concrete accents. The mechanical system incorporates a six-tank ice-storage system to reduce cooling energy costs.