Prior to the renovation and expansion projects in Chatham Public Schools, an outdated and inadequate junior/senior high school served grades 7 to 12. The architect’s challenge was to create a combined middle and high school where each school has its own identity while maximizing shared resources to remain cost-effective.
The design solution involved providing COST PER SQ FT$121.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio and renovations for the grades 9-12 high school and a new, attached grades 5-8 middle school. The schools are designed to function separately, while sharing resources such as the library/media center, auditorium, cafeteria and some specialized classrooms.
Renovated spaces in the high school include enlarged science laboratories, gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen area. Additions include a new library/media center, specialized classrooms and new computer classrooms. The new middle school includes a two-story academic wing, science labs, a technology lab, a new gymnasium and a fitness room. Both gymnasiums and the auditorium were designed with separate entrances for after-hours community use.
The additions and renovations to the school were designed contextually in keeping with the Cape Cod vernacular through the use of wood shingles and sloped roofs.
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