The Lafayette School Corporation has experienced a significant enrollment increase. Current facilities cannot accommodate this growth. A local community task force reviewed and recommended enrollment growth modifications for the school board to implement. Cordogan Clark & Associates, in association with Keystone Architects of Lafayette, is providing facility assessment, programming, and design of new, renovated and re-purposed spaces to facilitate this transition. Included in this work is a multi-million dollar Master Plan for the Lafayette School Corporation. This encompasses additions and renovations for Lafayette School Corporation school buildings, Jefferson High School, Sunnyside Intermediate School, and Tecumseh Junior High School.
Sunnyside Intermediate School accommodates all 5th and 6th grade students within the community. Their current 200,000 square foot building has capacity for approximately 1,100 students, without space for additional students. Enrollment is projected to increase to over 1,400 in the next three years. We presented various design options to the Board of Education and School Administration, including a 25,000 SF addition and renovation of the existing buildings. The addition expands an existing cafeteria to provide a larger and much-needed multi-use space with technologically advanced projection and sound systems. Supplemental administrative and support staff areas are also included.
The secondary entrance lobby is adjacent to the main parent drop-off and is a welcoming, energizing space. New classrooms are designed to be collaborative, adaptable instructional areas with a main teaching wall and a secondary teaching wall that includes infrastructure to receive multiple flat-panel televisions that can be connected to student devices as technology becomes available, as well as magnetic marker boards. Energy efficient equipment, continuous sun shades, high-performance glazing, and other shading devices like ceramic-frit glass patterns reduce the energy footprint of the addition. This project also includes a renovation of the Art and Art classrooms as well as the Special Education area. A large multi-use room is retrofitted as an Exploratory Music Lab and optional Dance Studio, to enhance the Fine Arts and Music Department offerings. The new Special Education area, relocated to the main level from the basement for better access, pays particular attention to the behavioral needs of students through use of durable yet tactile finishes while incorporating instructional aids like Smartboards in every classroom, lockers with magnetic locks, de-stressing rooms and zones, and a cooking kitchen. The basement is reconfigured to support needs of Computer Science, Music, and Art departments. Landscaping improvements include a new playground area as well as widened, safer drop-off and pick-up drives. This multi-phase project is scheduled to be completed over the course of two school years while allowing the school to remain continuously open and fully functional throughout construction.
Lafayette Jefferson High School and Tecumseh Junior High School are undergoing a complete Facilities Condition Assessment and Educational Adequacy Analysis / Space Needs Assessment that culminate as a Facilities Master Plan. For this, the design team incorporates input from interviews with administration and school staff into various options for additions to and renovations of these buildings.