RIDGELINE HIGH SCHOOL
Project Confirmation Number: 41327
Entry Category Institutional:
Institutional: Schools, Churches, and Transportation Facilitiesn Facilities
180 North 300 West
Millville, Utah 84326
Brief description of the project:
Ridgeline High School in Cache County School District is a new 250,000 S.F. High School located in Millville, Utah. The new High School features a clean, simple design that responds to the current needs of the community and District. The building is designed around three separate Zones for function and security. There is an academic wing, athletic wing and an arts/auditorium wing. These separate areas not only serve as functional educational spaces but for security in the event of a school Lock Down. At the “Nexus” of the three wings is the Student Commons. This space is large, open and inviting with large Saw Tooth-like clerestory windows that provide a generous amount of natural daylighting. This space rarely requires any additional illumination and is always a place where students want to Hang Out.
The school is designed to prepare the students for lifelong learning. The lecture hall, media center and collaborative spaces create great opportunities for project-based learning. This simple, clean, effective design will serve Cache County school district well for many years to come.
Size of Building:
250,000 Sq Ft
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
Total CMU: 244,924
Natural Block: 117,378
Split Face – Colors: Cimarron, Ebony, Cimarron WRF (red fleck): 81,279
Smooth – Colors: Cimarron: 46,267
Project completion date: August 2016
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
Cache County School District was very sensitive to the community which would be home to Ridgeline High School. Millville City has a current population of 1,869 citizens. The new Ridgeline High School, with a final capacity of 2,000+ students, more than doubles the size of Millville City each day while school is in session. This population increase was initially very overwhelming to the small community.
The architect supported Cache County School District’s outreach to Millville City and the surrounding community to ensure local residents and officials were supportive of the new high school. Through public meetings, workshops with the Mayor and City Council members, and listening to community input, the school is now a welcome addition to Millville City and a center of civic pride.
Innovation in Design: This Cache County High School combines both efficiency in design and a common-sense approach to constructability as it relates to size, shape and material selections throughout the building. Student flow, security and a positive learning experience are blended nicely into a thoughtful arrangement, allowing the estimated two thousand student population to move from different parts of the school without congestion. Durability and the life cycle of the building were also strongly considered through the design process, balancing cost effectiveness with good-sensed material selections.
The shape and arrangement of the building also incorporate a combination of building types of construction, mixing concrete masonry units, steel bar joists, metal decking, and a metal stud and veneer combination. Masonry was used extensively on the exterior of the building. The design incorporated brick masonry in the schools’ exterior to reinforce a traditional design aesthetic which reflects the surrounding community. The mixed use of materials allowed the building’s construction to be staged to allow many different portions of the building to be constructed simultaneously and allow for a shortened construction period. Careful attention to the placement of quality products allow for a combination of both durability and craftsmanship.
Maintaining safety of students and staff at Ridgeline High was a top priority. The challenge comes in balancing student safety with the building’s program requirements and egress convenience. The architect’s solution divides Ridgeline High School’s first and second floors into more manageable building zones. These zones allow limited access to portions of the building as needed, are potential intruder isolation features, and also function as necessary fire separation. Maintaining secure building entry and access control had a significant influence to the location of each entry. During school hours, the building can be limited to a single point of entry through a secured vestibule and can also to be locked down with the single touch of one security button located in the administration wing. Design West helped the District meet their goal of designing the school with safety in mind.
DESIGN WEST ARCHITECTS
CACHE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
DARELL W. ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION
AMCOR AN OLDCASTLE COMPANY
SPEC MIX® a QUIKRETE COMPANY
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