Penta serves 16 surrounding school districts and educates 2,000 students from five counties. The design features a “center core” area surrounded by three wings. This three-story glass-walled core is the focal point of the new facility, and includes a student commons area, a welcome center, 600-seat auditorium, multipurpose room, culinary-arts program, academic COST PER SQ FT$175.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas and a media center. The unique building design provides for flexible space that can adapt easily to changes and expansion of career-technical programs.
Providing opportunities for collaboration and interaction, the building includes social zones for all students, an easily accessible commons area and an overall “family” atmosphere—students come from 16 different districts, and therefore lack a sense of unity. Commons areas (media center, dining commons and welcome center) respond to this need.
Interior materials include painted concrete masonry units, which provide the durability required because of the function of spaces. The dining commons and entry areas include recycled porcelain/glass tile flooring, and vinyl composition tile or carpet cover other areas. Manufacturing and construction trades areas feature sealed concrete floors.