|One of Enid’s newest school facilities is turning heads across the nation for its innovative design.
American School & University selected Enid High School’s University Center as a featured structure in its 2014 Architectural Portfolio issue, granting it Outstanding Design status in the Specialized Facility category.
The publication is developed with assistance from education administrators and architects who judge entries from across the country. The portfolio edition is read annually by more than 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators and architects.
“The University Center is helping to transform education in this community. Students are earning college credit at a fraction of the usual cost, and our teachers continue to expand opportunities for them to be college and career ready,” Superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd said. “It is the program inside that truly makes the University Center special but it is a bonus to know that its design is considered one of the best in the nation.”
Located on the east edge of the EHS campus, the University Center was designed to support Advanced Placement and dual-credit college credits, as well as to provide additional classroom space for the growing enrollment at EHS. The University Center’s instructional program is quickly becoming a model for districts across the state, with dozens of Oklahoma educators and several districts visiting the school to learn more about how it benefits students.
The facility itself features a distance learning center, 16 classrooms, four science laboratories and several office spaces. Work areas throughout the building allow students to collaborate and focus on group learning projects. Study nooks are also available for students.
“The architecture celebrates the adjoining 1912 high school building, while creating a sophisticated collegiate (look) …,” the American School & University article explains. “This design concept is carried through the interior by the use of refined forms, colors, and rich woods.”
Architects in Partnership and The Carter Group submitted the design for consideration. The businesses oversaw design and construction management of the building, respectively.
To see the University Center article and photos, please visit: http://asumag.com/november-2014#130.