West Shamokin Jr.-Sr. High School

Armstrong County, Pennsylvania

Deteriorated, outdated facilities and increased enrollment prompted this school district to build a new facility on farmland. This enabled the district to include new athletic fields and abundant parking areas.

The design goal was to incorporate educational needs with architectural features to achieve a stimulating educational environment, while maintaining the rural ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY845COST PER SQ FT$130.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio of the site.

The result was a single-story design of classrooms, surrounding a central courtyard. It adjoins an activity wing that houses a gym, auditorium, cafeteria, food court, kitchen, industrial arts/tech ed, media center, music, art and offices. An access road with a bridge was built to provide access to the building site and athletic fields.

The building is accessible to the handicapped. It includes central audiovisual files and computer data systems, and energy-efficient HVAC, sound, emergency, lighting and power systems. Accent colors, columns and skylights create interest for students and staff, and enhance educational creativity.

The design provides an impressive and appealing learning environment for use by students, staff and the community. This facility meets the needs and challenges of today’s program and will adapt to those of the future.