Kodiak High SchoolKodiak High School
Kodiak, AK 99615
Design Achievement – Kodiak High School serves as the sole high school for the Kodiak Island community. DLR Group's design provides a 21st Century modernization to a 1950s building with numerous additions and renovations. The design features three types of spaces: LINK, GATHER, and LEARN. LINK spaces tie together zones throughout the building. GATHER spaces function as community destinations such as the library, dining commons, and fitness lounge. LEARN spaces are used for educational delivery, featuring ample glazing to encourage connectivity between learning spaces. By stacking the addition into one, 4-story structure, the design minimizes the impact on a tight site; allows an open, connected space plan; and maximizes ocean views. DLR Group exercised diligent communication practices throughout the design process in order to arrive at a design which unifies the dreams and ideals of the community.
Scope Summary – The scope for Kodiak High School calls for a modernized high school to serve 900 students. The scope comprises a four-story, 85,000 SF addition and 104,000 SF of renovations. To improve the sense of welcoming, a large entry canopy was added to the facility to provide shelter from the severe Alaskan weather. As a part of the new LINK, GATHER, and LEARN space plan, the 4-story tower addition features a dramatic high-volume double-story cascading commons filled with natural light. Use of a high R-value roof system and pre-insulated metal wall system in the addition ensures a low U-value and better quality control. Renovations will tie the existing building to the themes and circulation of the new tower. Since the school will remain operational during the more than two years of construction, this project required complex and careful phasing. DLR Group is providing architecture and interior design services.