Favorably bid at 9 percent under budget, the new Scranton High School is a testament to how a coordinated effort can result in a cost-effective design without compromising quality. Programmed for 1,800 students, this 288,000 square feet of steel, masonry and glass is organized along a concourse that leads students to and from the major educational and extracurricular CAPACITY1,800COST PER SQ FT$134.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress of the school. This linear arrangement is in response to site conditions and lends itself to a unique order of spaces.
Distinct from traditional high school design is the removal of student lockers from classroom corridors. The grouping of lockers in the main circulation concourse and their adjacency to instructional planning centers, allow for a greater degree of supervision by teachers. The concourse serves as a spine that connects the three academic wings to a library, an auditorium and an administration area, as well as an athletics and industrial-arts wing. Between and around these main components are a variety of auxiliary and gathering places.