Mark Trier, FAIA,
Eastern High School Addition/Renovation | Louisville, Kentucky
Ranked as one of the top five schools in Jefferson County, Louisville’s Eastern High School prides itself on academic and extracurricular excellence. As the academic prestige began to outpace Eastern’s facilities, though, Jefferson County Public Schools recognized a need to invest in the space to ensure the academics would continue that upward trajectory. Because of our deep expertise in educational structures, JRA Architects was selected to help push the facilities in new directions to serve our students for years to come.
Through a rigorous discovery process that included all stakeholders, we identified the areas most in need of improvement and prioritized our recommendations accordingly. The Eastern High School addition/renovation project resulted in improved circulation routes across the campus, a more inviting entrance, centrally located administrative functions, a renovated media center, and a significant auditorium upgrade. These new spaces increase the practicality of the building’s design and markedly improve student morale.
The new construction resulted in approximately 36,000 square feet of new construction for, among other things, additional classrooms and resource rooms. This expansion in size was necessary to accommodate the growing population of students at this top-ranked school. The project also included 260,000 square feet of renovations such as complete replacement of the HVAC system, the fire alarm and the security system. While practical design and a positive atmosphere are important, school security is always paramount.
JRA relishes the opportunity to work with our local educational systems to help produce the best possible learning environments for today’s students.