Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg School District 7
Certified: 2 Green Globes® by Green Building Initiative® (GBI)
The New Spartanburg High School has been designed to facilitate a broad range of collaboration styles and teaching methods, including the use of both formal and informal learning spaces. In addition to traditional classrooms and laboratories, multiple “collaboration areas” are strategically placed throughout the building to accommodate breakout sessions, impromptu meetings, and open-space dialogues for groups up to 40 individuals. Each space is serviced by smart display hardware and wireless internet. This holistic approach to education design provides a strong foundation for the student body to enter a workforce that values teamwork.
Included in the new facility design are a 2500-seat multipurpose athletic arena, a 1000-seat full service performing arts complex, a complete compliment of athletic fields, a trend-setting student center and cafeteria, and multiple outdoor courtyards designed with the pedestrian in mind. Each these spaces are designed to operate exclusive of the school schedule, so that the public can make use of the building for performances, conventions, and other events. A strong bond with the surrounding neighborhoods and the district is a main factor in the programming of the high school.
The school has a full complement of fine arts spaces to allows students to pursue opportunities in music, song, and acting. As a vocational hub, it offers teaching opportunities for theater and music-related craftsmanship, such as scene construction, instrument repair, and audiovisual technique. The school also offers spaces for vocational programs such as Junior ROTC, entrepreneurial leadership, and information technology.116
The 420,000 SF, two-story project completed in July of 2019.