With its existing high school running out of space, the rapidly growing Shakopee school district needed to create a new high school for 1,600 students in grades 9 to 12. The district challenged the architect to create a collaborative center for students, staff and the community. The facility also needed to provide flexibility to allow for a second high school elsewhere, CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$139.86FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio grow this facility to 2,400 students.
The three-story facility includes an 800-seat auditorium, four gym stations, science, art, music, a family and consumer science room, and industrial-technology labs. The flexible classroom clusters include generous natural light, are adjacent to lab spaces, and surround the three-story, daylighted student commons. The commons is the hub of the student day with easy access to instructional spaces, as well as the media center, guidance offices, administration, the lecture hall, school store and activities offices. After hours, the commons serves as a gathering space for events and community activities.
The new Shakopee High School is a dynamic combination of a community center and academic learning environment.