Turning an eye to the future of education, Greenville County Schools sought to build a STEM Learning community classroom building to their existing high school to accommodate both capacity needs and the influx of students into the STEM programs. Additionally, Greenville County Schools asked McMillan Pazdan Smith to convert one wing of the existing classroom building (which was traditional double loaded corridors) to an open concept, project-based learning community. By converting selected classroom demising walls into writeable/moveable partitions and opening up other spaces into collaborative learning areas, McMillan Pazdan Smith has successfully transitioned a traditional floor plan into a vibrant, collaborative space that coincides with the STEM curriculum.
Projects included in the renovation/addition are:
• STEM Classroom Addition
• Converting existing classroom wings into STEM layouts
• New Tennis Courts
• Football Bleacher Addition
• Restroom Building
• Softball Press Box / Concession Building
• Track + Field Modifications
• Site Improvements
Special interest areas are well-defined programmed spaces, including the athletic wing with gymnasium, locker and training rooms. A fine arts wing includes band and separate practice rooms to support drama, choral and dance along with 2D and 3D art with a kiln and dark room. Computer, science and home economic laboratories with cooking stations support the academic curriculum.
Also designed on the 85-acre site is an easily accessed athletic facility with a 5,000-seat stadium and separate venues for track and field, tennis, softball, baseball and practice fields for sports and the marching band.