The Boulder City High School resource center is a 19,000 sf adaptive reuse of an existing gymnasium. One of the challenges of the project was providing a high performance educational environment within the shell of a 1950s gymnasium. The space was redesigned to include a 4,500 sf resource center with computer classrooms, conference rooms, library and multipurpose classrooms. Additional spaces included in the adaptive reuse are automotive technology classrooms and new science and mathematics classrooms. The new resource center was carefully redesigned to address the needs of a modern student body. There is plenty of natural daylight, space for technological expansion, flexible learning space for group work, informal presentation spaces, and ample areas for displaying student work. The generous, north-facing, light-filled lobby doubles as a gallery for student artwork. One of the most striking features of the new resource center is the “cloud,” a daylighting system comprised of a central 800 sf skylight and custom-designed screening baffles to distribute glare-free sunlight throughout the reading room.
The new resource center truly combines the new with the old, keeping the character of the 1950s campus on the outside while using the best of modern materials and technology for a state of the art learning environment.