Olympia High School, Addition/Modernization

Olympia, Washington

Through an interactive process involving school staff, administration, community members, parents and students, an educational specification was developed for the modernizing and adding onto Olympia High School. The goal was to unify the high school campus into a single structure by enclosing and connecting space between 11 existing buildings.

The goal for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$98.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas cafeteria/commons was to create a social heart of the school. It provides a place for food service, formal and informal social interaction, meetings, student activities and community use. It also serves as a lobby for a 700-seat auditorium and renovated gymnasium.

The design solution for the cafeteria/commons is space created by clustering large, community-use spaces (auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria) around a central element. This space is irregular in shape, creating a variety of unified spatial forms. The central rotunda floods the space with daylight. Building materials, floorpatterns and specialty lighting were other considerations.