|Owner||Connellsville Area School District|
|Project Location||Connellsville, PA|
|Partnership||Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects|
|New Construction Budget||$48,032,898|
|Square Footage||Additions – 65,352 SF Renovations – 253,194 SF|
|Engineering Disciplines||Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing. Sustainable Design|
|Awards & Certifications||LEED Silver Certification|
The original Connellsville Area Senior High School was constructed in 1970 and recently required a total renovation to replace mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, interior finishes and windows and roofing. The school accommodates 1,450 students in grades 9-12, and the additions and renovations anticipated future growth.
Design and building modifications included:
- daylighting existing interior classrooms
- classrooms and support for a new 9th grade program
- new instructional planning centers to support team teaching and maximize efficiencies
- centralized office administration
- open teaching areas to foster large group instruction
- technical education areas for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
- teamed organization of core curriculum programs
Additions to the facility included:
- a two-story classroom block that also serves as a “Main Street” for the building by connecting student, athletic, and faculty entrances
- a new competition-sized natatorium
- a district administration office
The facade of the building was redesigned as a modern expression of secondary education, and provides the unique identity requested by the school district.
The facility meets Green Building LEED Silver standards. This required reconfiguration of the existing site, increased thermal envelope insulation, and a new high-efficiency mechanical system. This design is projected to reduce energy consumption by 30% over national standards.