The city of Niagara Falls and its board of education partnered with Honeywell and the architect to design and build a world-class educational facility. The new school replaced two aging high schools and incorporates the latest in technological advancements—without raising taxes. It is the first privately financed, privately managed school construction project completed COST PER SQ FT$159.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms New York state.
The school houses 2,500 students in grades 9 through 12. The complex consists of four academic houses to promote team-teaching and to help students identify with a social subunit of the entire school. Thematically organized teams are formed within each house to emphasize linkages among the traditional realms of study. The building supports this vision by offering a variety of settings, both physical and virtual or electronic, in which large or small teams can work together.
The four, four-story houses are placed west of the 2½-story Information Technology Center, whose library and naturally lighted research area form the circulatory and electronic hub of the school. The district has received a laptop computer for every student; the school is designed to provide students with access to electronic resources from all instructional spaces, as well as from the ITC.
"Awesome! Nice use of natural light, glass and tile. Interior walls have interesting angles and colors."--2001 jury