Altus High School, Commons Addition

Altus, Oklahoma

In addition to the existing Altus High School built in 1930, the Commons provides a central gathering space for students, faculty and the community.

The 5,200-square-foot area is large enough to house school and community events. Wrapping the outside perimeter, the two-story ramp serves as the chief design element, creating an ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$211.00FEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Work in ProgressSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress path to the second floor, as well as providing a flat area for stage presentations. Beneath the ramp, a lowered area lighted by glowing blue LED lights gives students a separate lounge area to study and socialize. The 22-foot-high space is lighted by visually appealing white and blue pendant globes. These light fixtures range from 18 inches to 6 feet in diameter. The pattern of the globes is mimicked on the floor of the commons in white, tan and blue hues within the terrazzo.

Two-story windows around the exterior provide daylighting and create a stunning jewel-box effect as this lighted box sits at the focal point of the high school’s courtyard.