Doubling the square footage of this high school campus in Batavia Public School District 101 includes substantial remodeling and updating of the original structure, bringing the entire building up to educational standards of the 21st century.
Significantly improving the fine arts program, the new Auditorium provides seating for 890 persons with full theatrical rigging system, flyable orchestra shell ceiling, gridiron and state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and sound systems with acoustics superior to other high school facilities. Critical systems, propelled by motorized, computer controlled rigging systems assure protection of the students and the theater’s assets. The motorized orchestra pit lift allows quick facility change over from lecture presentation to full musical productions with little loss of downtime in facility use. The Auditorium, now the home of a Fine Arts Centre, provides ample opportunity for educational, community or commercial use.
Athletic and physical education facilities have been almost completely renovated, generating much needed locker room and storage facilities with substantial improvements to the fitness and training facilities. The new Physical Education Center, passively and mechanically ventilated, houses a full 200 meter indoor track with six lanes, an eight lane 50 meter track, two long jump and pole vault pits and four NFHS compliant basketball courts. Careful planning of the pits and track enables multiple field events to be held while distance track events run concurrently, maximizing efficiency in space use.
Throughout the new facility, sound reinforcement systems with wireless microphones and digital projectors place the facility at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery. Carefully studied for natural day-lighting, numerous spaces have been added to the facility with dual north and south exposures that also provide natural cross ventilation. The north side of the facility provides the impression of an entirely new facility complete with new student entrance and canopy enabling students to await pickup in temperate or rainy weather.
Sustainability influenced the development of the site plan. Newly constructed parking lots include native planted bio-swales throughout. Building orientation provides ideal solar orientation for natural day-lighting with sun shading devices and cross ventilation, as well as, future opportunities for photovoltaic cell installation.