B. Reed Henderson High School, Media Center

West Chester, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Gilbert Architects Inc.

  • CLIENT

    West Chester Area School District

  • AREA

    287,351 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $40,471,330.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    9/2005

The renovation of the Henderson media center offered unique challenges in designing a functional, inviting environment in an existing space. The space had to be supervised easily, as well as offer resources and materials for interactive and research-based learning.

To establish control immediately upon entering the room, the circulation desk is situated centrally ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$140.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior RenovationSUB CATEGORYRenovation the open area of the room, which enables the librarian to supervise all areas of the space from one location.

The stack areas are situated around the perimeter with seating interspersed for leisurely reading. The main body of the media center is an open area with tables that can be used in an instructional classroom setting for individual or group activities. A bank of computers provides an area for Internet-based research and computer work.

In addition to overhead lighting, indirect lighting and task lighting at the tables, and the diffused natural light in the room via windows and skylights, this once confining room with low ceilings now offers a comfortable environment conducive to learning.