Forest Hills High School, Gymnasium Addition

Marshville, North Carolina

In order to accommodate its growing athletic program, Union County Public Schools decided to add an impressive new gymnasium to Forest Hills High School and renovate the adjacent areas. This 42,000-square-foot addition and renovation consisted of a main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium, five offices, two health classrooms, a weight-training room, athletic ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT

In order to accommodate its growing athletic program, Union County Public Schools decided to add an impressive new gymnasium to Forest Hills High School and renovate the adjacent areas. This 42,000-square-foot addition and renovation consisted of a main gymnasium, an auxiliary gymnasium, five offices, two health classrooms, a weight-training room, athletic,800.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized room, equipment rooms, locker rooms, public restrooms, a ticket office and concession area, as well as support spaces.

The challenge was to create a building that imparted a new identity to the school, and to create a new edge and image for the campus.

The solution was to plan the building so that the large-volume gym space faces the open playing fields; the smaller-scaled support spaces and the lobby face the existing buildings. The long, curved facade of the lobby strings together all the exterior spaces behind the older buildings into a defined courtyard. That area, along with the lobby, thus becomes a new focal point and gathering area for the entire campus. The carefully modulated elevations on the other sides present a new face to the sporting fields.

The character and identity of the school are expressed inside by using the colors, (golden yellow and black) and the striped pattern of the Yellow Jacket, the school’s mascot. The theme is used in many variations: in the segmented ceilings of the lobby, the super-graphics inside the gym, and the color schemes in the classrooms and auxiliary spaces.