Programming for a 2,100-person student body and associated faculty on a site in the most densely populated area in the United States presented numerous challenges for the design/build team. Yet once one is inside, it’s apparent that innovative design solutions abound in the new Union City High School.
The educational ASSOCIATED FIRMHOK; Birdsall Services Group/Morris, Johnson & Associates Inc.; Epic Management; Summit RedevelopersCAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$262.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2010 Architectural Portfolio are housed in a four-story, L-shaped wing that frames two stories of shared activity spaces at the core of the school. Program features include 66 classrooms, home-economics rooms, art and dance studios, photography and broadcast studios, technology labs, a 12,000-square-foot media center, a gymnasium with seating for 1,800 people, a full-service cafeteria and a 900-seat auditorium that doubles as the Union City Performing Arts Center.
The most unusual element is certainly the rooftop athletic facility, which is atop the two-story section of the school. The art-deco style of the iconic Roosevelt Stadium that formerly stood on the site was replicated in the design of the complex.
More than three acres of synthetic turf provide for a regulation-sized high school baseball field, soccer/football field, grandstand area that accommodates 2,100 spectators, locker rooms and concession stand.
“An innovative design solution for urban space utilization. The building is compact, yet full of daylighting.”--2010 jury