York County School of Technology
The York County School of Technology is a comprehensive high school providing academic and technology education to students from fourteen York County school districts. Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates completed a feasibility study to convert the existing school into a Career Academy Model for vocational technical schools. The model has proven to be most effective by establishing a “school within a school” environment. It allows the academic team of teachers to structure their educational delivery so that teachers can integrate academic and technical course content and build a greater rapport with students.
The 270,000 SF two-story structure, built in 1968, was reoriented and expanded to create the state’s largest state-of-the art school of technology. The new multi-level concourse acts as a spine organizing the distribution of instructors and students among three distinct career, academic and technical academies. It also stitches together the new and existing building fabrics.
Additions of 170,000 SF house the engineering/construction and manufacturing/transportation academies, as well as the administration/high school offices, library, culinary arts restaurant and—the showpiece of the construction academy—the construction arena. This double-height, enclosed area provides a controlled teaching environment where students undertake large-scale real-world construction projects, including all associated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Open mezzanines allow observers to follow the day-to-day progression of each project. One such project allows students to construct an entire home that will then be moved out and occupied by residents of surrounding communities. No other school in the state is able to provide such a valuable learning experience.