Pendleton Heights High School

Pendleton, Indiana

  • FIRM

    VPS Architecture


    South Madison Community School Corporation

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.





The challenge was to complete the renovation of 192,000 square feet of existing building and 130,000 square feet of addition to an overcrowded high school during student occupancy. No student days were lost due to construction.

During this three-year, multiphase project, extensive renovation included complete mechanical and electrical/technology rehabilitation, as ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,084COST PER SQ FT$74.82FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio as removal and replacement of the original building’s exterior skin. The result is a more energy-efficient building.

A new building identity was provided. Twin glass-block stair towers at the south end are lighted to form a beacon, while the Arabian horse mascot is proudly displayed on the 80-foot-tall auditorium fly tower to the north. The existing building skin is updated by patterned brick masonry, and new efficient windows replaced the original leaky strip windows.

Building additions include a two-story classroom and media-center wing, gymnasium with wrestling room and auditorium. The auditorium has a full working stage, orchestra pit, balcony and seating for 907. The auditorium is in constant use for both students and community performances.

Photographer: ©Cocchiarella Design