In a public school district with a vision to move educational practices into the future, the flagship project of district-wide improvements was Holland High School. Working through an extensive design process that engaged faculty, staff, students, the administration, the board of education and community members, the charge for the design was to revive an outdated and CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$112.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation high school into an innovative instrument for 21st-century learning that would embody the pedagogical change already happening throughout the school district.
The goals for the design were to create warm, friendly, welcoming spaces that were fluid and flexible, innovative and environmentally friendly.
More than 85 percent of the existing building, including every existing classroom, was removed and replaced during three years of construction. The challenge this created was to formulate a design that accomplished the initial goals and created a new building that blended seamlessly with the existing structure and that enabled the building to remain fully functional during construction.
The result is a complete transformation of an existing, fragmented building into cohesive, student-centric, highly flexible environments that showcase learning, provide an atmosphere of warm and safe community, and push the boundaries of the traditional definition of learning.