A replacement high school, the existing tight urban site presented both challenges and unique opportunities. The steeply sloping grade is the most dominant natural feature; Ballou was designed to complement the sloping site with the main entry floor located at the highest elevation combined with two additional floors that step down the hill.
Upon entry, students and visitors are perched above the central two-story dining commons with sweeping views of the entire building as it surrounds an internal and secure courtyard. The new facility was located on the former high school’s football field to allow new construction to proceed while the original school remained occupied.
Ballou’s Main Street features the major programs, revolving around a mind (administration), body (athletics) and spirit (arts) concept. Core academic spaces are organized into five distinct academies that each have classrooms, flexible multi-use rooms, and computer and science labs. The school also features a digital media studio, and one of the largest high school auditoriums in the region.
Generous common spaces promote collaboration for a 21st Century interdisciplinary curriculum and scholastic learning environment for 1,400 students, while a high-tech performing arts theater, athletic and fitness complex, auto-tech lab, health center, day care center and library have been positioned for easy community access.
Chiaramonte Construction Co.