Johnston High School, Common Areas

Johnston, Iowa

  • FIRM

    FRK Architects + Engineers


    Johnston Community School District

  • AREA

    369,000 sq.ft.





A top priority for the district in planning its new high school was seamless incorporation of common areas into the academic, administration, and circulation functions of the building. Because the previous school had a limited amount of gathering spaces, the leadership team wanted to make sure the new facility provided students and teachers with a variety of flexible ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPerkins + WillCOST PER SQ FT$203.00FEATURED IN2018 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas to collaborate, congregate, and engage.
A main student commons serves as a major entrance, a cafeteria, a large event venue and a central circulation point. Six academic wings take advantage of flexible collaboration areas for students and educators with a variety of seating and ample daylighting. Three separate protected courtyards, associated with specific academic wings and easily accessed from any location in the building, provide additional space for social interaction and academic collaboration.
In addition to the importance placed on common areas, the design uses glazing extensively throughout the building to provide transparency and connectedness.