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Northside High School

Roanoke County Public Schools
Roanoke, Virginia

2009 VSBA Distinguished Design Award Winner

Roanoke County Schools selected Spectrum Design to renovate and expand Northside High School, which has ninth through twelfth grades and 1150 students. Built in the 1960's the school has had some cosmetic upgrades and minor expansions over the past 30 years, so the school system desired and needed to transform the 142,000 s.f. school from the inside out. Adding classrooms, improving security, expanding the administrative areas, upgrading the auditorium and cafeteria, refurbishing the locker rooms and gym spaces are just a few of the architectural programming needs. The existing mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems were all replaced.

Spectrum Design approached the redesign of the school with a focus on maximizing space and minimizing cost. The school now boasts 18,500 new square feet of learning and administrative space. Located in the middle of the school are two courtyard areas that are under utilized by the school. Capturing a portion of these spaces enabled the design to meet the necessary program requirements while giving the school a new media center and improving circulation throughout the school. Relocating the media center opens space for the new necessary classrooms and science labs. The mechanical systems were upgraded to improve efficiency. The use of a geothermal heating and cooling system was implemented.