Central High School

Evansville, Indiana

  • FIRM

    VPS Architecture


    Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation

  • AREA

    73,500 sq.ft.





Constructed in 1968 to replace the original Central High School, the existing building was undersized and improperly utilized. There was no place for communal gatherings, little daylighting, poor energy efficiency and no sense of entry.

Additions and renovations for biological science classrooms and a greenhouse provide much-needed access to the Internet ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$83.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio teacher’s demonstration table through video technologies, thereby increasing student/teacher collaboration. Greenhouse technology includes light-sensor-controlled shades, humidity and temperature controls, and an integrated sprinkler system.

Renovation and expansion of the dining center and kitchen have increased the size and efficiency of the kitchen, serving lines and seating areas. It has combined daylighting with a playful palette of interior forms and finishes, and allowed access to a courtyard where students and faculty can eat lunch and hold meetings, and classes.

The student commons/administration addition provides desperately needed gathering space, as well as numerous private offices and conference rooms. The new facade and canopy welcomes those to enter. They are greeted by luminous space, a curved glass-block accent wall and terraced lounge.

Note: Area=27,500 sq. ft. (addition); 46,400 sq. ft. (renovation)

Photographer: ©Cocchiarella Design