A rural Kansas district was faced with a 1923 high school building that had been condemned due to extreme structural movement. The program called for an academic addition to a mid-1950s building located across the street that housed physical education, industrial education, dining and music.
A program was developed that would accommodate 300 students, expandable CAPACITY300COST PER SQ FT$79.44FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio 600, in grades 7 through 12 with a master plan designed for a future auditorium. Circulation between new academic and existing spaces was crucial. A student main-street spine was developed that would link those spaces conveniently and also facilitate prominent access to a future auditorium. A two-story design was developed in order to conserve land use on a limited site and also reduce travel distance between departments.
Technology is integrated throughout the facility with each teaching station networked to a central communications hub. A distance-learning lab provides direct access to master teachers of subjects not affordable to small districts such as this.
Building systems include a steel-framed structure on cast-in-place concrete piers with masonry exterior and interior walls. A variable-air-volume HVAC system serves the academic unit, while a constant-air-volume system serves the physical education unit.
Photographer: ©Douglas Kahn