Butler High School, Media Center

Vandalia, Ohio

  • FIRM

    SHP Leading Design


    Vandalia-Butler City School District

  • AREA

    273,250 sq.ft.





During the course of the project, from initial planning to construction, the number of volumes the media center needed to house decreased by more than 10,000. This provided a unique opportunity for the designers and educators to reinvent the space and create a collaborative, attractive and flexible environment for the students and the community. The learning commons ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$76.22FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers born.

Mobile furniture, including polygon-shaped tables and four unique chair styles, replaced the traditional stacks. Lounge-style, high-back chairs give students the opportunity to create “rooms” within the larger space. The space uses 120-degree computer tables to help with collaboration by enabling students to work together rather than in a linear pattern. A breakout room with sliding glass doors provides acoustical privacy. All materials meet or exceed sustainable specifications.

Considered the “back porch” of the school, the learning commons is positioned along the main street and serves as the school’s billboard. Large windows showcase the high-volume space, and glass doors lead to a patio that is perfect for outdoor study. Specialized airplane graphics, which were incorporated through the building, celebrate the culture and history of the city that is famous for flight.