Park Crossing High School
Size: 165,390 sf
Status: Completed 2013
Project Awards: American School & University 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design Award, Common Areas Park Crossing HS
The 165,000 square-foot Park Crossing High School was meticulously designed to create an atmosphere that enhances teaching and learning and accommodates the needs of students. All of the spaces are visually connected to each other, generating a transparent environment that can be easily monitored. The school consists of two wings, an east and west, with 28 classrooms, eight science labs and four career tech spaces. Seven storm-safe rooms with solid concrete walls have the capacity to withstand winds up to 250 mph and to shelter approximately 1,200 people in the event of severe weather. Heavy steel shutters inside the building lock in place, covering the windows and throwing glass outward, keeping those inside safe. Two indoor amphitheaters serve as collaborative learning spaces and feature stadium seating, which also functions as stairs to the second floor. A state-of-the-art cafeteria includes an indoor and outdoor dining space. The wall separating the gymnasium and cafeteria opens, allowing the food-court style space to function as a Game Day Dining Area for the Thunderbirds. The modernistic library and media center is divided into three areas, including a traditional library setting, a cyber café and an outdoor terrace. Other features include athletic fields to accommodate baseball, softball, football and track programs, band and choral facilities and smart boards and digital media screens throughout campus. A footprint for a third wing has already been developed. Park Crossing High School was recognized by the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., as part of its "Designing For Disaster" exhibit, highlighting Alabama as the only state to require storm shelters be integrated into newly-constructed schools.
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