The primary goal of the district was to build a school that would accommodate a variety of educational delivery systems while establishing a safe environment. With the input of 68 community leaders, board members, administrators, teachers and students, programming workshops were conducted to develop the educational plan and building concept. Once past the CAPACITY1,750FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress stages, the architects worked with each educational departments to design its spaces. This process resulted in a consensus among all groups and a strong cohesive building plan.
The central focal space of the high school is the two-story naturally lit atrium, which serves as the student commons, as well as the lobby of the auditorium, gymnasium and cafeteria. All academic houses, and administration and guidance areas are accessible from this central atrium.
The security of the school is established by locating all parking areas in front of the school entrance and using a single-point entry that channels the students, staff and visitors through the administration and guidance areas. The entry and parking area can be effectively monitored from the principal’s office and the guidance department. The visitors can access the administration and guidance areas without passing through the main student space.
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