The design of the new high school for Community High School District 128 creates a meaningful educational environment within a business/commercial district. At 330,000 square feet, it includes: a 600-seat auditorium; a 250-seat studio theater; a 1,600-seat competition gym; a fieldhouse; two auxiliary gyms; a swimming pool; a commons area that will serve as a student COST PER SQ FT$109.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio area and theatre/main gym lobby; an instructional resource center.
Classrooms consist of: four computer laboratories; band and choral rehearsal rooms; electronics lab; power and energy lab; materials-processing lab; CAD drafting lab; graphics lab; TV Studio; international language lab.
Varying geometries and material selection separate the three principal functions of the building. These functions are zoned by their uses: athletics to the south are close to playing fields; performing arts to the west respond to predetermined access points; and classrooms form a bar along the east and north edge of the site and define site boundaries.
As one approaches the facility, the scale of the large masses breaks down to human dimension through materials and details. The assembly of the masses also creates a courtyard that acts as a visual and functional retreat from the large-scale environment that dominates outside the site.
Note: Cost/square foot includes site.
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