Jackson High School
For over 70 years Jackson High School has been located near the central business district, and until recently consisted of six separate buildings in a campus setting. Many of the buildings were quite old and not only did not meet the needs of contemporary educational programs, but also lacked most of the safety and security measures that are commonly included in modern educational facilities. WNB developed a master plan for the entire campus which ultimately provided one enclosed facility by connecting many of the existing buildings and demolishing those that were not feasible to renovate.
The plan also provided construction of approximately 161,000 sq. ft. of new space, and through careful planning school was able to remain in session throughout the entire construction period. Upon completion, students now attend a new modern facility that will meet the community’s educational needs for decades and which saved taxpayers approximately half the cost of an entirely new building and site.
East Elementary School and Early Childhood Center
Although East Elementary School, a K-5 facility, and East Early Childhood Center share the same site and are both located within one structure, they essentially function as independent facilities. This relationship allows them to share a common kitchen and various other infrastructure items, and yet each has its own entrance, administrative offices, and play areas. Planning of these schools focused on building designs that accommodate not only current educational and technology trends but that also are adaptable to the evolution of public education for future generations.
The completed project includes flexible spaces that are easily configured for large groups or small student work sessions as required for educational programs, which are housed in an energy efficient structure that glorifies the excitement of the school experience.