Architect Magazine Features Salina Central High School
Salina Central High School in Kansas celebrated the completion of its expansion and renovation project in March 2018. Originally constructed in 1952, the facility had not received many improvements through the decades. Maintaining the school's sense of history, DLR Group and Jones Gillam Renz Architects designed an updated and larger facility to provide more space and modern features to better serve its 1,000 students in grades 9-12.
The design blends new construction with renovated areas. The high school now encompasses renovated computer labs, commons and athletics areas; a new auxiliary gym that doubles as a storm shelter; new art, theater and music areas; new administrative offices, a new career and technical education center; and new science and drama classrooms. On average, 700 to 800 square feet was added to each classroom along with their new ceilings.
"The new construction spaces are dispersed throughout the existing building to blur the lines of new and old, meshing all parts of the building into a unified new high school environment. Renovated spaces modernize and transform existing, aging and undersized learning environments,” says DLR Group Architect Ian Kilpatrick.