Set in the Central Park area of Vancouver, Wash., Hudson’s Bay High School is unique in its relationship to surrounding community facilities. It is within walking distance of a community center with public pool, softball fields, a fitness circuit, baseball stadium, community college, the Fort Vancouver Historic Site and Officer’s Row. A unique process of gathering input COST PER SQ FT$81.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio these entities, as well as other community members, students and faculty, helped create a facility that strengthens and enhances the environment.
As one of the oldest schools in the Vancouver School District, Hudson’s Bay High School was in desperate need of modernization. Technology, space, programs, security and comfort all were key issues throughout the planning and design. The solution adds classrooms, a student commons and a media center while updating the entire facility. A pair of unused courtyards were combined to create a large, technologically advanced, exterior community forum. The district vision, focused on the establishment of magnet programs throughout their high schools, was delicately overlaid on this building.
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