This historic school was originally slated for demolition but, after the local community rallied to save it, the Jefferson County School District came to HLR Architects to design a renovation and addition that would give the old building a new future.
The addition is over 51,000 square feet in area, with 22 new classrooms. 27,000 square feet of the existing building was also renovated as part of the project, creating a new cafeteria, gymnasium, media center and music suite. Outside, new bus traffic patterns were developed and the football field was relocated.
While the addition respects the architecture of the existing school with a brick façade, precast concrete sills and large energy-efficient double-hung windows, the entire complex is now fitted out with 21st century technology.