Built in the 1950s, the Kodiak High School building – the sole high school serving the Kodiak Island community in Alaska – is undergoing a 21st Century modernization. The school is 189,000 square feet and serves 750 students. The new design includes modern spaces geared toward collaboration, learning and socializing, says DLR Group, which will spearhead the renovation.
Although construction will be completed in November 2015, students began their spring semester January 5 in a new tower as part of the first phase of the project. The tower interior provides a variety of space types; allowing for collaboration in common spaces on each floor, individual study in small group areas, and a high level of visibility to and from the classroom setting.
The design features three types of spaces defined by three terms: “link,” “gather,” and “learn.” “Link” spaces tie together zones throughout the building. “Gather” spaces function as community destinations such as the library, dining commons and fitness lounge. “Learn” spaces are used for educational delivery, featuring ample glazing to encourage connectivity between learning spaces. The link, gather, learn approach is designed to allow hands-on applied learning and prepares students for careers in the Kodiak community, ranging from fishing to military to aerospace.
DLR Group is providing architecture and interior design services in conjunction with Jensen Yorba Lott.