Springs Valley Community Schools

French Lick, Indiana

Built in 1958, Springs Valley is a K-12 school system situated on a sloping, congested urban site. This project addressed numerous issues.

Infrastructure upgrades included new restrooms, mechanical systems and a new fire-sprinkler system. Anticipating mandatory all-day kindergarten, the facility has a new wing with a skylighted indoor play area. A new casino built ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$80.98FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation to the school prompted a closed-campus policy. New dining rooms were added, and the existing kitchen was gutted and expanded. A new two-story middle school classroom wing with science and computer labs was added to separate grades 6, 7 and 8.

A key design element is the skylighted circulation connector between the middle school wing and new cafeteria, which allows one kitchen to serve middle and high school students while maintaining separation. This urban street concept reduced construction and staffing cost, and used valuable site space efficiently.

Site traffic also was reorganized, creating separate covered loading areas for cars and buses. Split-face limestone quarried from nearby Bedford, Ind., was used for the exterior.