Charles A. Huston Middle School, Additions and Renovations

Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

The design called for the additions and renovations to the Charles A. Huston Middle School to resemble the existing building and create a more modern feel for the interior spaces and new exterior facades.

The existing building is a two-story, steel-framed building with non-load-bearing masonry curtainwalls. The new additions resemble the old with steel ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$144.64FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio and a mix of load- and non-load-bearing, matching brick masonry walls with punched openings and large areas of aluminum curtainwall framing. The additions updated the facades by incorporating curved roofs to offset the existing building’s style.

The revamped interior includes new administration offices, an auxiliary gym, a multipurpose large-group instruction room, maintenance offices, as well as a new library wing. The auditorium has been refurbished with not only stage equipment, lighting, sound and new seating, but also acoustic panels and sound-reflective clouds to provide a better venue for school events and presentations. These additions now are under review to acquire LEED certification.