The new Plainfield High School has been designed with an initial student capacity of 1,600 in phase one. Because a second phase most likely will be necessary, major "public" components (media center, cafeteria, auditorium, physical education and athletic areas) were designed based on 2,200—minimizing Phase II construction to a CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$166.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio classroom wing.
The facility separated the departmental layout of 85 instructional academic spaces from event areas (physical education, athletic, auditorium) with a centrally situated main office/counseling area. Access to the event areas was provided with high-volume pavilions for massing visibility—linking them along an "internal street."
It was important for the new Plainfield High School to be designed as a campus—enabling all school activities to take place on-site, while maximizing the remaining site area for a future kindergarten center. Safe separation of entry points and internal connectivity also were paramount. As a result, the 110-acre site—formerly a corn field—was developed using sustainable site-drainage features, landscaping, and roadways to separate and link campus components for safety, security and accessibility.