In a partnership between city and school to meet the district’s educational goals and create a community-use facility, the school district, community leaders and students all contributed to the school’s final design.
The brick detail with contrasting split-face block captures the character of the city’s historical landmarks. Academic areas, CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$123.71FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio2002 Educational InteriorsSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress for ease of expansion, are punctuated by courtyards that flood the school with natural light. A tiered large-group room with a well-defined, curved shape connects the academic area to the industrial, business and arts wings. The heart of the school’s state-of-the-art technology is in the media center central to the classrooms.
To meet the challenge of an existing landfill site, the building was set on 2,000 concrete piles set 30 to 40 feet deep. The soil characteristics lend themselves to the application of a geothermal system, which will provide efficient and economical HVAC throughout the year.
The district’s commitment to community use is apparent in the layout of the building with the auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, fieldhouse with running track, weightroom and exercise area clustered to the north end of the building, and easily separated from the academic areas.