Springdale Jr/Sr High School, Additions and Alterations

Springdale, Pennsylvania

The design goal was to create a flexible learning environment capable of sustaining the traditional classroom, as well as creating informal, shared breakout spaces. The additions replaced what was the original 1927 high school, which had accessibility problems and classrooms inadequately sized for the current curriculum.

A ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$168.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress of four classrooms is arranged around a centralized breakout space designed to facilitate multiple classes, a team-teaching pedagogy embraced by the school district. In turn, this arrangement is oriented around a centralized circulation core, which is designed to provide an informal setting for teaching and performance. Above this core, a large skylight enables daylight to pour into the heart of the addition.

A multipurpose room abuts the existing athletic facilities, replacing the older undersized gymnasium. This addition is designed for use by the community at large, capable of sustaining sporting events on full-sized courts, trade shows, aerobic exercise via an equipment room and its own restroom facilities. The addition functions as a community center after school operating hours.