Stuart W. Cramer High School

Belmont, North Carolina

Educational Program Requirements


The teaching pedagogy of the school is based on four “Learning Academies” within the school, each with its own identity and mini-administrative area. The school offers career and technical education including culinary arts, welding, flexography, and seminar space. A 1,500-seat ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$133.91FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio serves both the school and the community at large.


Architect’s Response


Learning academies occupy the top two floors of the school with science labs and mini-administrative suites grouped in the middle. The Career Education Suite occupies a prominent first-floor location and is easily accessible to visiting professionals with a media center and seminar space that can be separately controlled for after-school use. The auditorium, envisioned as the “soul” of the school, is centrally located with good flow to backstage support areas and includes a scene shop, drama room, dressing rooms, etc. The school features separate and distinct entrances with integral security vestibules for visitors, auto arrivals, and bus arrivals.


Special or Unusual Problems


Fifty-three percent of the property is maintained as green space. The building footprint is intentionally compact for a school of its capacity, affording more outdoor learning area, less travel time to all points inside, and less exterior wall surface, which equates to a more energy-efficient building.




Technical Information:


• Built using load-bearing masonry construction


• Terrazzo flooring used in corridors


• Exterior is brick and decorative block


• Incorporated high–efficiency gas fired boilers


• Stadium includes an artificial turf football field