The new Talawanda High School replaces the existing outdated high school facility with a greener, more energy efficient facility. Located just south of the existing high school on a 150 acre undeveloped site, it is situated to minimize impact to the majority of the undeveloped farmland and the exterior design was influenced by the close proximity to and the Georgian style of Miami University, which is just blocks away.
Key features include:
- Throughout the project, the design team incorporated sustainable strategies in order to pursue LEED gold certification. Orienting the corridor north and south allows for maximum daylighting, accompanied by a sloped acoustic ceiling grid reflecting light deep into the classrooms. Displacement ventilation under raised access flooring eliminated extra ductwork for each classroom and its associated cost. A geothermal HVAC system with 320 wells at 300’ deep each helps optimize the energy efficiency of the building as well.
- Three rotundas located at the major intersections help separate the academic spaces from the public spaces as well as enhance circulation.
- The innovative design of the 1800-seat gymnasium includes a 360 degree band of windows for daylight. The second level of the gym includes a running track and reverse fold bleachers that open to an auxiliary gym.
- Located adjacent to the cafeteria and gymnasium, an outdoor courtyard provides a connection between the school and the new 2500-seat stadium with turf field.
- A 540-seat auditorium and two-story media center with computer lab were also included.