When Upper St. Clair High School was modernized, the school district envisioned placing student services within the core of the new academic wing, highlighted by a large library/resource center. The library is designed as a relaxed, multipurpose environment, with soft seating, study carrels and stack configurations that resemble the warm and inviting atmosphere of a COST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN2001 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers bookstore.
Three skylights and glass-block walls in the two-story, 30-foot-high space bring in natural light and create an open, airy feeling. Tall lampposts are positioned along the center of the library and showcase colorful banners to enliven the space further.
A number of support and work areas are adjacent to the library, offering students options for quiet reading, study, tutoring, small-group activities, access to the Internet or special resources. These include a computer lab, a multimedia production room, a language lab and a testing room. Students also may use the academic lab, and a central resource area staffed all day by at least one teacher from each of the core academic disciplines.