Hartselle High School
Size: 255,000 sf
Status: Completed 2013
Project Awards: American School &University 2014 Educational Interiors Showcase Outstanding Design Award, #1 Safest Public High School in AL
The new Hartselle High School consists of a two-story classroom wing accommodating 45 general instruction classrooms, a 1,200 seat-capacity performance auditorium, large kitchen and cafeteria and media center. A tiered, technology-enhanced lecture classroom can hold up to 100 people and supports the most current, 21st century instructional practices. Wetlands areas on-site serve as eco-labs, exemplifying sustainable design as a teaching element which supports the school’s environmental programs. At the core of the L-shaped design is the commons and dining area, known as the Tiger Café. The café-inspired dining space has various seating options, including booth seating, tables, and bar seating looking onto the courtyard and outdoor patio area. The facility’s two entrances allow the academic portion of the building to be closed off so the gymnasium and state-of-the-art performance theatre can serve as a venue for regional productions, as well as school programs. The master plan accommodates a full athletic program with a 1,600 seat competition sports arena, separate competition and practice gymnasiums, football practice facilities, tennis courts and an indoor baseball practice facility. Hartselle High was designed with a poured-in-place concrete tornado shelter that is built to withstand up to 250 mile per hour winds and has the capacity to house the entire student and faculty population. The exterior windows and open walkways were also utilized to bring natural light into the school’s interior, creating a warm and pleasant environment that inspires learning. The school was ranked No.1 on the 2016 Safest Public High Schools in Alabama list published by Niche.com.
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