Silverton High School Silver Falls School District | Silverton, OR

Arcadis designed this new high school, constructed in two phases over the course of a decade. Beginning with a thorough facility study and master plan, the first phase created 100,000 sq ft for 700 students in grades 9-10, and was completed in 1998. The second phase, completed in 2009, increased the size of the school by an additional 137,000 sq ft, allowing for the accommodation of 1,400 students in grades 9-12.

The original 9-10 school was designed with several core areas established, including a student center, gymnasium, a media center, and labs for computer technology, science and biology. Classrooms and administrative areas were designed with the future addition in mind, as well as the ability to adapt to the changes that would occur in teaching, learning, and technology during the time in between and well into the future.

The second phase of the project created a state-of-the-art 9-12 high school with a full complement of next-generation amenities and a strong focus on sustainable design. Added to the first building was an additional classroom wing, new media center space, a second gymnasium, weight room, team rooms, supplementary learning spaces, and full build-out of parking and athletic fields. A theater and arts wing was also added, as well as a 600-seat fully-functional theater space designed to serve both the high school and the city of Silverton as a community-accessible space, allowing users to mount full theatrical productions, conduct lectures, and screen movies.

The latest sustainable design strategies, consistent with the school’s guiding principles, were crafted and refined during the design process, implemented in construction, and are now championed by the students, faculty, and staff.

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