The new Williamsburg Middle/High School houses approximately 700 students in grades 6-12. With separate access for vehicular and bus traffic, the building features a two-story design developed in response to the program requirement to separate middle- and high-school students
The middle school’s main entrance is on the lower level, along with classrooms for CAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$92.98FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized 6-8, the administration/guidance area, and the art room shared by both schools. The upper level houses classrooms for grades 9-12, and the school’s shared specialty areas. These include an auditeria, music suite; media center; computer technology lab; dining and food service areas; and the gymnasium with seating for 1,200 spectators.
The new school was constructed as part of the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s (OFSC) state assistance program, with the state providing 60 percent of the required capital. This program enabled the new school project to be realized, but placed a number of restrictions on the educational program requirements and facility design. An assembly performance area was a required element, but because the OFSC only allows multi-use spaces, an auditeria was designed rather than an auditorium. The auditeria has a stage, orchestra pit and a tiered floor, but does not have fixed seating. During the day, the space can be used as a cafeteria and it can be arranged with rows of chairs on each tier for performances.
The building’s hilly site also posed unusual challenges and opportunities. The school’s lower level is cut into the earth, and required a large retaining wall along the length of the facility. The corridor on this level is single-loaded with the classrooms situated along the building’s exterior wall. The site’s terrain includes a plateau, where athletic fields, the high school administration/guidance area, and the student and staff parking are accessed.
The building is constructed of structural steel, with steel skeletal framing and masonry bearing walls in the gymnasium, and brick cladding. The central chilled water cooling plant (state-of-the-art thermal ice storage system) includes an outdoor air-cooled rotary screw water chiller and ice storage tanks. The central heating water plant uses natural gas-fired boilers. The temperature control system is a complete DDC electronic control system having computer based unitary controllers for control of most HVAC equipment.
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