ENERGY STAR – EPA
Outstanding Achievements in Concrete: Sustainability – American Concrete Institute, Indiana Chapter
Outstanding Concrete Achievement Award for Excellence in Concrete Construction – Ready Mix Concrete Association
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Size: 467,730 sq. ft.
Type: Addition, Renovation
Services: Architecture, Interiors, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Technology, Energy, Civil
Decatur Central High School’s philosophy is that small learning communities build relationships between teachers and their students, as well as relationships between students. With this philosophy as a guide, the 1,750-student capacity high school was designed with five communities of 350 students or fewer. This allows students to grow and learn within a group that shares their same interests. With these interests in mind, Schmidt Associates delivered a transformational experiential environment for all students. To reduce the disruption to learning caused by building work, an addition to the front of the existing facility was completed first. This allowed the students to be moved into that portion of the building while the remainder of the facility was under construction.
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“We were willing to be innovative. Every dollar that we save in rebuilding our high school can be put back into the classroom to the benefit of our students.”