Preliminary Concepts for Consideration
In Spring 2015, five concepts were developed by the architectural design team based on their analysis of the existing structure and campus, existing site constraints and information gathered from various stakeholder groups. The purpose of these concepts was to assist in further identifying and prioritizing facility characteristics.
Linked here are the five concepts designed for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing the most desirable features and characteristics of a renovated facility.
Please keep the following in mind when reviewing these concepts:
- The features and characteristics consistently identified during the initial research phase as being most valuable and desirable as components of a renovated facility are listed below.
- These designs were not designed to be “chosen between,” but to provide a basis for comparison and discussion.
- These designs are also very preliminary in nature, knowing that a more defined design would take shape, with additional detail added, as discussions continued.
- One of the primary purposes of these concepts was to identify general layout and navigation of the building. Therefore, for simplicity of review, only the first floor is included. It was understood that all concepts would include a second floor, and possibly a third, with similar navigational structure and general layout of room use.
- These designs reflect varying amounts of renovation versus new construction. Square footage of renovation versus new construction has been included for purposes of general comparison. However, not all portions of the existing building are anticipated to be rebuilt or renovated. Therefore, these figures cannot be “totaled” to arrive at the total square footage of an eventual facility.
Consistencies Across All Concepts
The following objectives and features are consistent across all concepts:
- Teaching stations are located within departments in academic suites and create collaborative environments across departments.
- Way-finding improved on the campus and within the building.
- Safety and security are improved by creating clear and secure access points from the outside, as well as within the building.
- Plans can be implemented with minimal disruption to school function and use a minimal number of trailers.
- Structural problems typical of older buildings, including systems and building envelope, are addressed.
- Changes in the physical layout are responsive to: preferred shifts in academic delivery (highly collaborative), the demands of STEM education, and the volume of special offerings (robotics, Project Lead the Way, advanced placement classes and languages, for example).
- Commons Areas are at the apex of corridors through the academic wing.
- Major entrances from the north and south parking areas are incorporated, as well as visitor and bus access from the east.
- The existing building is approximately 307,000 sq. ft.
- All concepts vacate the lower level, which comprises approximately 20,000 sq. ft.
The following features and characteristics were consistently identified during the research phase as being valuable and desirable as components of a renovated facility.
General Building Configuration
- Curricular suites that enable all aspects of work within a discipline to be readily accessible to students (Classrooms, labs, teacher offices)
- Seminar and breakout areas mixed in with classrooms, enabling breakout and small group work
- Lecture area large enough to enable speakers to address multiple classes simultaneously
- Exhibit space located throughout the facility
- Hallways wide enough to handle large volumes of traffic and include small gathering areas, as well as areas to exhibit student work and projects
- Commons Area
- Provides exposure for clubs, student-run organizations and student work
- Furniture capable of being set up for a variety of uses
- Alumni Hall of Fame to be located in or near commons
- Classrooms clustered near each other to support and encourage interdisciplinary teaching, and improve logistics of moving equipment
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)
- Project Lead the Way classroom located near wood shop, robotics lab and engineering lab
- Fine and Performing Arts departments clustered near the Performing Arts Center, improving logistics of moving instruments and equipment, and enabling better utilization of the auditorium and black box
- Fine Arts access to courtyard to work on and display larger projects and outdoor sculpture
- Teachers’ offices located near classrooms and collocated with related discipline offices
- Flexible science classrooms with lab and lecture capability, which also have the ability to incorporate technology and engineering (STEM) components into educational programming
- Prep rooms adjacent to science classrooms, allowing projects to be stored between classes
- Project rooms near classrooms where small groups can meet and/or long-term projects can be stored
- Natural light
- Technology and furniture that enable flexible use of each classroom
Safety and Security
- Ability to close part of the building to visitors after hours, while leaving other areas accessible
- Clear and intuitive way-finding with differentiators in each corridor and wing of the building
- Fewer main entrances with increased monitoring and safeguards for visitor entry
- Logically organized classroom numbering
- HVAC more easily controlled, more energy efficient and capable of adjusting to varying loads within the building
- Lighting adjustable, automated and more energy efficient
- Seismically resistant
- Better delineation and configuration of parking, vehicular traffic flow and pedestrian traffic flow
- Stadium and additional field space designed to accommodate many different sports, use for physical education, and day/evening use