North Little Rock High School101 W 22nd Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Design Achievement – DLR Group's design for the new North Little Rock High School centers on the goal of combining grades 9-12 on one campus. The new high school fosters a student centered, personalized educational experience with strong connections to technology, career pathways, and STEM learning. Educational environments were designed to support strong student-to-teacher and teacher-to-student collaboration. Large classrooms contain the latest technology, flexible furniture for collaborative learning, and ample daylighting. Administration offices are located at the main school entry and require all visitors to check in upon arrival at one controllable and secure entry. An entrance axis separates the public and academic areas of the school to allow secure access by the community for after hour use. North Little Rock High School will be constructed in phases, with core academic houses being completed and occupied in succession. The MEP design allows systems in each space to operate individually and ultimately be integrated into one, core system at project completion.
Scope Summary – The scope of the North Little Rock High School project comprised 488,000 SF of space to serve 3,000 students in grades 9-12. The design and construction of North Little Rock High School was funded by a $265.6 million bond to execute a comprehensive strategic plan that was developed by the District, DLR Group, and community members. The bond referendum called for a 7.4 mill levy increase, one of the largest increases in the history of Arkansas, and was overwhelmingly approved by North Little Rock patrons in February 2012. The design for North Little Rock High School included a new performing arts space with adjacent spaces for band, choir, dance and theater; a large commons area and cafeteria; a 5,000 seat football stadium and track; new practice gymnasiums; fitness center; locker rooms; weight room; and a wrestling room. DLR Group's integrated design process produced a highly efficient building envelope and building orientation, combined with modern HVAC and electrical systems, which is modeled to achieve an Energy Star rating of 75 or greater. This includes the installation of variable air volume handling units with energy recovery devices and terminal units throughout classroom spaces to ensure thermal comfort of occupants. Ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures will reduce domestic water consumption by more than 30 percent as compared to peer facilities. The use of LED fixtures instead of florescent lights is intended to enhance visual comfort of students and staff while reducing maintenance and energy costs. The building also uses auto lighting control systems to turn off fixtures when a space is unoccupied. High efficiency LED light fixtures are used on the exterior of the building. DLR Group provided integrated planning; architecture; structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering; interior design; and landscape design services for this project.