Oak Harbor High School

Oak Harbor, Washington

  • FIRM

    NAC Architecture


    Oak Harbor School District

  • AREA

    229,000 sq.ft.





The Oak Harbor High School cafeteria is a vital part of the campus remake. Undersized and buried deep within the campus, it was a poorly functioning space for limited school use.

The new cafeteria is situated at the most prominent space in the new student union building, creating a dramatically different face for the campus. It ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$237.99CITATIONCrow Island School CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCafeterias/Food-Service Areas a welcoming space that has the role of "living room" for both the school and city.

The high school is the main educational and civic institution in the city, and the cafeteria immediately started to serve unfilled community needs. In a city with no dedicated performance venue, and with no funding for such dedicated space, the new commons was designed as a true multifunctional "hybrid" space, welcoming a number of different uses.

It is a place to see and be seen. It is a place to perform or informally socialize. It is a place for all age groups to connect and enrich each other. It is a place that brings the whole community together.


"This flexible and creative design serves the community and the school program. It is designed with an open feel to all spaces. Sustainability is demonstrated through the choice of materials."--2011 jury