Southside High School Additions and Renovations

Fort Smith, Arkansas


Risley Architects


Fort Smith School District


79,762 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Risley Architects; HSA Engineering Consulting Services; Myers Engineering; Mickle Wagner Coleman; Sarah Howe Interior Design; VP McKay

Southside High School was built in the early 1960s. For this project, the architect was tasked with creating two major additions—an administration and freshman wing. The gymnasium was converted into a cafeteria, and the administration and library spaces were converted into a media arts center/coffee shop.

The administration addition is now the face of Southside High School. The design created a two-story space and a drop-off/pickup drive. To the right of the main entry is the administration addition, which has floor-to-ceiling glazing. On the second level, above the administration wing, is the classroom addition. It’s anchored by a stone-clad stairwell as it ties back into the original classroom wing.

The freshmen wing is the secondary entry. It joins the two existing classroom wings to create a full circulation loop. As the students go through the space, they enter a two-story space with a large gathering area.

The existing administration area had low ceilings with little daylight. The space has been converted into a bright gathering space similar to the freshmen wing with circulation to the second-level media arts center.

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