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.
McMillan Pazdan Smith made use of its strong relationship with the South Carolina Office of School Facilities (OSF) by organizing an expedited review schedule in advance of major milestones, resulting in quicker delivery to the owner and a reduction in design conflicts. Site and foundation packages were designed for early submittal and approval, further allowing the project to begin construction much faster than it would have in a traditional project delivery. The use of modern Building Information Management software gives us the creative control to design the facility in a manner that maximizes creativity and minimizes waste and error.
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. All of 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 inclined towards a fine arts career to pursue career 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.