Originally constructed in 1964, this combination middle school/high school was bursting at the seams. Although the two schools had shared the building for more than 30 years, new educational programming demanded renovation and expansion of the facilities.
To house the projected enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the design team created an addition that allowed COST PER SQ FT$65.62FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation of the entire facility. Classrooms were modified and grouped to consolidate grade levels. Shared spaces such as the cafetorium and media center were centralized. Two entrances on the east side of the building were developed to enhance the identities of each school.
Shortly after construction began, the community was devastated by a tornado. The funnel cloud destroyed much of the existing facility and tore the entire roof off the main gym. No one was injured, but it was obvious that the construction scope and schedule had to be re-evaluated.
Due to exceptional efforts, the facility was completed four months ahead of the original schedule, allowing students to begin the 1999-2000 school year in their “new” facilities.
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