With a high-reflectance roof, insulated metal-panel cladding, and a glass curtainwall, the 236,000-square-foot building targets energy performance 32 percent below baseline. Three wings of the building wrap around a central courtyard, which admits daylight and captures runoff. Even with a tight time frame—six months for design, 20 months for construction—and the relative lack of energy-efficient construction expertise in the area, the architects anticipate LEED Silver certification.
The new 236,000 square foot building is designed to serve a student population of over 900 students and contains a 1,000-seat gymnasium, a 250-seat auxiliary gym and a 650-seat auditorium. Additional arts education spaces include classroom and rehearsal spaces for dance, choir, band and art as well as a black box theatre. The design establishes academic ‘houses’ for each grade level provided within two primary classroom wings. These are organized to create a central courtyard as an outdoor space for the student body — similar to that of the previous school — focused around a mature existing Magnolia Tree.
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Contractor: Satterfield and Pontikes Construction
Year Completed: 2010
Size: 100,000 sq ft