Connellsville Area Senior High School
Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates designed the additions and renovations to the former 10-12 Connellsville Area Senior High School. The school accommodates 1,450 students from grades 9th through 12th grades. The original building was constructed in 1970 and required a total renovation to replace mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, interior finishes, windows and roof throughout the facility. In conjunction with these renovations the school district is took advantage of the opportunity to reorganize the building for the future of their educational program.
Modifications included daylighting the existing internal classrooms, accommodating a 9th grade program, introduction of instructional planning centers to encourage team teaching and maximize classroom efficiency and centralization of high school office administration. Other modifications included creating open teaching areas to foster large group instruction, technical education geared to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and teamed organization of core curriculum programs.
Additions for the facility included a two story classroom block that also serves as a “Main Street” for the building connecting student, athletic and faculty entrances. Additions also included a new competition sized natatorium and district administration office. Additions were designed to transform the facade of the building creating a modern expression of secondary education and unique identity requested by the school district.
The facility has successfully met U.S. Green Building LEED Gold standards. This included reconfiguration of the existing site, increased thermal envelope insulation, high efficiency mechanical system that currently are projected to reduce energy consumption by 30% over national standards.