Project Type: New/Renovation
Construction Cost: $38M
Size: 175,000 SF New
45,000 SF Reno
Silver Lake Regional High School
The Silver Lake Regional High School, adjacent to a recently completed new middle school, did not meet current educational standards. New construction options were explored because reallocation of space would be difficult and costly.
The plan for a mostly new school included renovation of the specialized (expensive) vocational spaces and shared campus resources. The facility had to be flexible enough to operate with either a Departmental or House educational model, provide security and controlled access, and be constructed while classes were in session.
Two 2 story classroom wings (houses) accommodate the educational models. Specialized spaces like science labs and special needs suites are evenly distributed between the two wings. Science labs are also strategically located next to the large group room for efficient departmental communication.
Large expanses of glass allow for natural light, security, and views to the courtyard. Originally triggered by necessity to work around a portion of existing building, the courtyard was an opportunity to create an informal gathering space. With an exterior stage, students can explore their creativity with small-scale performances.
A public entrance at the lobby shared by the gym and auditorium addresses security/access issues and allows the renovated adjacent Culinary Arts program to provide food during large school functions as well as serve lunch to the community. The project was completed in 2007.
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