Grafton High School opened in August 2012, serving 900 students with a flexible design expandable to 1,200 for this growing community. The 187,000–square-foot school provides educational spaces developed around a forward-thinking philosophy and flexible “learning communities” pod plan. These pods are designed and organized to reinforce the tenets COST PER SQ FT$307.00FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas 21st-century career skills: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.
The commons, at the heart of the school, serves the school community as a dining area, but also as an informal gathering and learning space. It is an organizing element for, and circulation to surrounding public spaces, including the student activities room, exercise/dance room and library that overlook the commons. After school, it becomes a pre- and post-function space for the adjacent gymnasium and auditorium for students and the community.
The “scramble” servery provides healthful dining choices in a vibrant atmosphere. The designers sought out photos from the Grafton Historical Society to represent the town’s schools and students over a 100-year period, and displayed them in a permanent photo montage fascia.