Deer Park High School, Deer Park School District, Deer Park, Washington
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Deer Park High School
Deer Park School District
Deer Park, Washington
  • 2011 Citation of Excellence, Learning by Design
The modernization of Deer Park High School completely redefines the existing facility. The original school was an odd combination of low classroom wings at various angles crashing into warehouse-like concrete block boxes. Hipped roofs that compressed the classroom wings have been raised at the ends and at feature locations, creating dynamic daylight-filled interior spaces. Existing freestanding buildings and new additions have been inter-connected with glass tube corridors that surround new outdoor courtyards utilized for academic activities. Sleek metal panels and ground-face masonry have been layered with the existing concrete block creating a refined modern character. The result is a unified single structure that has a campus-like aesthetic with varied rooflines and volumes nestled within the landscape.
The fundamental organization of the new plan creates an academic zone (with the general and specialized classroom spaces) and a public zone (with the gymnasiums and performing arts spaces) that have been joined by the new commons. Internal circulation has been redesigned to eliminate the congestion for students that had plagued the school for years. The building masses form two new exterior plazas which serve as the main academic entry and the primary events entry- both leading directly to the new commons.